Local News: ‘Pulupandan Folks Now Enjoy Freedom’
The people of Pulupandan town now enjoy freedom, unlike in previous years, Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. said.
This was the governor’s reaction to reports that 14 of the 20 barangays in Pulupandan now have opposing candidates for the barangay elections on Oct. 28.
In the past barangay elections, there were reportedly no contesting candidates in majority of the barangays of Pulupandan.
"Theres is now a small light at the end of the tunnel for democracy to prevail in Pulupandan,"Maranon said Tuesday.
The former mayor of Pulupandan is Magdaleno Pena. He was succeeded by his son, Miguel Pena, in the May 2013 elections.
The Commission in Elections (Comelec) in Negros Occidental reported that 14 of the 20 barangays in Pulupandan are contested in the Oct. 28 barangay elections.
Only six are not contested, thus their respective candidates are sure winners: Ubay, Utod, Pulo, Palaca Sur, Crossing Pulupandan and Canjusa.
Meanwhile, Maranon stressed that candidates should "make the elections non-political, friendly, credible and democratic."
He urged the candidates not to make personal attacks.*