Bacolod’s number one winning councilor and incumbent El Cid Familiaran, has indicated his willingness to forge a working alliance with councilors of the aggrupation, MKK and newly-elected chief executive, Monico Puentevella.
Familiaran also discussed developments which he says should be carried out in the city, for the good of its residents.
Changes, he said, taking into mind the interest of the whole populace, should include necessary developments in the city’s three public markets to include the Central, North or Burgos Market and the South Market or the Libertad St. public market.
Defeated senatorial candidate Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri, who was No. 14 in the senatorial race, thanked all those who supported and voted for him in the May 2013 elections.
"I would like to thank all the 11.7 million people who voted for me and gave me their trust and confidence," Zubiri posted on his Facebook account.
Zubiri, a former senator, and with roots in Kabankalan and Bacolod cities, got 402,210 votes in Negros Occidental, and 93,666 votes in Bacolod. He ranked 5th among top senatorial candidates in Negros Occidental, and 8th in Bacolod.
"I owe you all a debt of gratitude that a lifetime would never be able to repay," he added.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. has appealed anew to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to approve the 2013 Annual Budget, even as he rallied the incumbent and newly elected board members to work together for the progress of Negros Occidental.
"I appeal to the SP to approve the budget now. The election is over," he said in a press conference yesterday.
The governor claims that since the disapproval of the budget was politically-motivated, there is no more reason to further delay its approval as the election is over.
"Let’s work together, let’s forget politics. Come 2016, maybe we will fight again, but for now, let us unite and talk to each other for the future of this province," he added.
After taking their oath of office before Judge Ray Allan Drilon, re-elected councilors under the banner of Magnificent 7, Councilors El Cid Familiaran, Archie Baribar and Sonya Verdeflor assured to give their best for the welfare of Bacolod City. They are called the "three musketeers" coming from First Five to Magnificent 7 and down to 3, they expressed gratitude to all Bacolodnons who supported and inspired them to continue the battle.
They said that it was a difficult campaign but then it was sustained to the finish considering that many people have appreciated what they have done to the city in their first three year term. We value and consider this fresh mandate, the 3 musketeers said.
Judge Ray Alan Drilon administers the oaths of office of the elected councilors of Bacolod City, namely, Sonya Verdeflor, Archie Baribar and El Cid Familiaran (l-r), yesterday.* (Capitol photo)
After a long silence, and after having lost to his political rival Monico Puentevella in the mayoralty race of the May 13 elections, Bacolod City Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson expresses gratitude to the people of Bacolod. He will go back to private life after his term ends on June 30. In his press statement, he said: "My statement starts with the words of gratitude because I want to emphasize my heartfelt thanks to all Bacolodnons for the chance they had given me to serve them. Rest assured, I will bring with me, wherever I will go from here, the experience and the memories that I had shared with you. The past 3 months or so was the most challenging moment of my political career and it had taught me lessons that I will always treasure. I feel so blessed for the trust and confidence that you had shown me. Your love and respect will be my inspiration in my future endeavors."
He added, "To the more than 90,000 people who joined me in my cause, thank you very much. I owe you a lot.
"To my partymates, I am happy to have worked with you. I know that our relationship will not end here. We will still be seeing each other, talks each other and work together for the betterment of our beloved city.
Defeated mayoral bet Jilson Tubillara of San Enrique is demanding a recount of the canvassed votes after losing to incumbent Mayor Mario "Mayok" Magno by 20 votes in last week’s election.
Tubillara, a former mayor of the same town, got 6,257 votes, while Magno got 6,277 votes. Magno was proclaimed on May 14, 2013.
Tubillara said he is filing an election protest before the Regional Trial Court in Bago City this week.
"I believe that if the (votes) are fully counted, I will win with just one (ballot) box," Tubillara said in a media interview yesterday.
Tubillara, represented by his legal counsel Rayfrando Diaz, said their camp believes there were 37 rejected ballots in one precinct that could have been counted in favor of him.
After being re-elected as mayor of Silay City, Mayor Jose L. Montelibano thanked his fellow Silaynons and also asked their cooperation to make Silay number one.
Silay Acting Election Officer Atty. Jose Meno Ruiz (6th fr. left) proclaims the winners at Silay Sangguniang Panlungsod in Silay City last May 17, 2013.*(photo taken by Aldwin Dalpatan)
Mayor Montelibano was proclaimed as city mayor of Silay City last May 17, 2013 at Silay Sangguniang Panlungsod. Montelibano (Liberal Party/LP) got 29,411 votes while former mayor Carlo Gamban had 28,497 votes, or a plurality of 914 votes.
Moreover, Silay Vice-Mayor Mark Andrew Arthur Golez (UNA) won with 41, 296 against July Ledesma (Independent) with 7,066 votes.
Don Salvador Benedicto (DSB) Mayor-elect Atty. Joemax Ortiz said he is calling on the family of outgoing Mayor Marxlen de la Cruz to be one with him for the good of the town.
DSB MAYOR-ELECT. DSB Mayor-elect Atty. Joemax Ortiz, left, during the DYEZ "Kapehan sa Northwest Inn" interview yesterday morning. At right, program host & former Negros Press Club (NPC) president Elmer Ubaldo, with other guests & fellow NPC past presidents Edmund Aspero and Jun Julita who discuss media and politics viz-a-viz the recent poll results.*(Arman Toga photos)
Ortiz, who was also referring to Vice Mayor Cyn-thia and Board Member Nehemias de la Cruz who both lost in last week’s election, welcomed the earlier pronouncement of Mayor Marxlen in media that they (De la Cruzes) will support the new administration.
In the same interview, Mayor De la Cruz also called on DSB folks to stay calm and support the new mayor, and said he is willing to cooperate with Ortiz.
Ten of 12 senatorial candidates, two of three Bacolod City bets for the three top positions, and 10 of 12 city councilors supported by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) were elected during last week’s polls.
Of the 12 candidates for the Senate supported by INC members, only Dick Gordon and Jack Enrile did not make it.
Those supported by the church and who were proclaimed by the Commission on Election (COMELEC) were Sonny Angara, Bam Aquino, Nancy Binay, Alan Cayetano, JV Ejercito, Gringo Honasan, Loren Legarda, Grace Poe, Antonio Trillanes, and Cynthia Villar.
Ave which was also supported by the church also made it among top party-lists although Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes said the counting for the party-lists will resume only today (Monday).