MERGE Ma. Lourdes Arroyo Lesaca is proclaimed congresswoman of the fifth district of Negros Occidental by Provincial Board of Canvassers chairperson Salud Milagros Villanueva, and members Rene Caro and Dr. Portia Mallorca (l-r) at the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City*

Lesaca 1st proclamation
among Neg. Occ. solons

The sister-in-law of former president and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was the first congressional candidate of Negros Occidental to be proclaimed winner of Monday’s polls, at the Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday.

Ma. Lourdes Arroyo Lesaca (Lakas CMD), who ran unopposed and won with 105,227 votes, will be representing the fifth district of Negros Occidental where her younger brother, the late Ignacio Arroyo Jr., served as congressman.

Shortly after Lesaca, the Provincial Board of Canvassers also proclaimed the winning board members of the fourth district –Agustin Ernesto Bascon (NPC) who won with 86,033 votes and Rita Gatuslao (UNegA) who garnered 70,538 votes. moremoremore

Silay count over, Golez wins

The vote count in Silay City, Negros Occidental, that was delayed by defective secure data (SD) cards is finally over.

At past midnight, Mayor Mark Golez was declared the winner for a second term with 24,015 votes against former mayor Jose “Oti” Montelibano who garnered 22,802 votes and Joedith Gallego with 19,044.

But the winning governor, vice governor, and the board members and representatives of five districts of Negros Occidental still could not be proclaimed yesterday. moremoremore


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Labor sector ‘apprehensive’
over senatorial race results

The labor sector in Negros Occidental expressed its apprehensions following the partial results of the senatorial race in the May 13 elections.

Wennie Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations, yesterday said the votes “shut out” the opposition candidates.

Except for Senator Cynthia Villar, who manifested her concern for the farm workers, they couldn’t discern if the other senatoriables would champion the causes of the labor sector, he said.