Incoming governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (NPC) yesterday thanked the people of Negros Occidental for their overwhelming show of support.
“I am truly humbled by your trust and confidence,” said Lacson, who, as of latest unofficial Comelec tally garnered 805,010 votes versus Rolando Parpa (Ind) with 44,590 votes.
However, Lacson’s proclamation as winner, along with other provincial and congressional bets, may bedelayed to tomorrow.
That is because election returns from only 20 of the 31 towns and cities in Negros Occidental had been submitted to the Provincial Board of Canvassers at the Social Hall of the Capitol in Bacolod City as of yesterday afternoon, Provincial Election Supervisor Salud Milagros Villanueva said.
Returns from Bago City, Cadiz City, Escalante City, Kabankalan City, Sagay City, San Carlos City, Silay City, Sipalay City, Talisay City,Victorias Cityand San Enrique town were still being awaited, she said.
Villanueva said 40 defective SD (secure digital) or memory cards in the 10 cities and one town has led to the delay in the transmission of voting results to the PBOC. Their replacements were being awaited yesterday.
Only unopposed congresswoman Ma. Lourdes Arroyo Lesaca (Lakas CMD/UNegA), incoming board members Tinto Bascon (NPC), and Rita Gatuslao (UNegA) of the fifth district will be proclaimed at the Capitol Social Hall 10 a.m. today, Villanueva said.
That is because all the returns from the fifth district have been submitted to the PBOC, she said.
Other provincial officials awaiting proclamation are presumptive vice governor Jeffrey Ferrer and winning board members - Rommel Debulgado (NPC) and Araceli Somosa (NPC) – first district, Samson Mirhan (UNegA) and Sixto “Pal” Guanzon Jr. (UNegA) – second district, Manuel Frederick Ko (NPC) and Andrew Montelibano (PDP Laban) – third district, Jose Benito Alonso (NUP/UNegA) and Victor Javelana (NPC/UNegA) – fourth district, and Macho Alonso (NPC) and Jeffrey Tubola (NPC) – sixth district.
The other winning congressional representatives yet to be proclaimed are Gerardo Valmayor (NPC) – first district, Leo Rafael Cueva (NUP) – second district, Jose Francisco Benitez (PDP Laban) - third district, Juliet Marie Ferrer (NUP/UNegA) – fourth district, and Genaro Alvarez (NPC) – sixth district.
Lacson, in a press statement yesterday, said words are not enough to express his gratefulness to everyone who supported him and his partner, Jeffrey Ferrer.
“Rest assured that we will repay this support with sincere service in bringing development and change in the lives of our fellow Negrosanons,” he said.
“We assure our people that with the guidance of Almighty God and the cooperation from our people, we can realize our dreams of continued progress and development for our beloved province,” Lacson said.
Lacson also congratulated the elected congressmen, mayors, vice mayors and councilors of Negros Occidental.
“Now, let us move forward and start to work as one Negrense family. May God send us his healing from divisiveness and May God continue to bless our beloved province,” Lacson said.*
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