Local News: What is further worsening the siAbang Lingkod Party-list Decries Comelec Disqualification Order
Abang Lingkod, one of the 12 party-list groups disqualified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last Monday, called the disqualification as "unfair" and an "act of injustice" against them, with barely a week before the May 13 elections.
"It is very unfair for our supporters, especially in Negros Occidental, who already made their decision to support and vote Abang Lingkod as a party-list group," said Stephen Paduano, first nominee of Abang Lingkod, in a press conference in Bacolod yesterday.
KABANKALAN CITY—Re-electionist Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. last night expressed confidence here that he will claim victory from the First to Fifth congressional districts of Negros Occidental during the May 13 polls.
Marañon, accompanied by his runningmate, Fifth District SP Member Melvin Ibañez, during the United Negros Alliance (UNA) miting de avance attended by 5,000 residents, added he also stands a big chance to emerge triumphant in the Sixth District perceived to be the bailiwick of his former ally-turned-rival, Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez, Jr.
"Walanabaluarte, baluarte in this election (There is no more so-called bailiwicks in this election)," the UNA standard bearer told newsmen, adding that in today’s miting, for example, people came here to the plaza on their own.
"Waladiriyahakot crowd," he said.
Reelectionist Sen. Koko Pimentel vowed yesterday that he will support socio-economic programs for sugar industry dependents, particularly skills training for children of sugarcane farm workers.
He also stressed that, once he gets reelected, he will extend full support to measures which will benefit the sugar industry, in the same manner that he has been very strongly supporting the welfare of the coconut industry.
Sen. Koko Pimentel (seated, 3rd from right), poses with sugar industry dependents who are scholars-trainees at the NFSP Livelihood Skills and Training Center in NFSP Compound, Alijis, Bacolod City yesterday. With him are (seated L-R) Training Director Silverio Navarro, NFSP manager Cresencio Abunda, 3rd District Rep. Albee Benitez, Talisay Mayor Eric Saratan and NFSP President Enrique D. Rojas.*
Pimentel, who was accompanied by 3rd District Rep. Albee Benitez and Talisay Mayor Eric Saratan, issued this commitment in his before the more than 100 trainees of the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters (NFSP) Livelihood and Skills Training Center at the NFSP Compound in Alijis, Bacolod City.
True to her commitment on health and nutrition advocacy for three years now, Rosa Abaygar, Independent candidate for SPM of La Carlota City has again conducted feeding in Sitio Salamanca, Brgy. San Miguel, Masville Brgy. Cubay and Hda. Salvacion, Brgy. Ayungon recently. She was assisted by her husband Tom Formby and La Carlota City High School Class ’72 Erlina Villarias, Jovy Aries Abaño, Arlene Luces, Romeo Noble aand Jarry De Asis.
Rosalie Marquez, 49, with 7 children and Epifania Danya, 58, single with 4 grandchildren lauded Abaygar, Formby and Batch ’72 for helping the poor families of the hacienda and barangays. "Maayo ini nga pamatasan sang tawo, naga-ulikid kag naga-bulig gid sa pigado. Madamo gid nga salamat sa inyo."
Ma. Fe Igbas, 42, married with 4 children and Zardo Paraisa, 76, Rogelio Arroyo, 80, Eric Camatola, 47, all of Hda. Salvacion, Ayungon; children Rocky Solivio 10, JM Pongol, 9, Danica Pongol & Arjay Reginald Gayo, 5, Althea Esmaranan, 7 and Gerold Solivio, 8, of Barangay Batuan-Relocation said, "Madamo gid nga salamat sang inyo manamit nga chicken arroz caldo, may tinapay pa. Nalipay gid kami tanan, kabay pa makaliwat kamo diri sa amon. Madam Rosa Abaygar, Salamat gid."
Department of Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will conduct a thorough probe on plans to sow terroristic activities in the upcoming May 2013 Elections. In a Memorandum dated April 8, 2013, NBI Director Atty. Nonatus Caesar R. Rojas ordered the investigation relative to documents that showed plans of ensuring the victory of a candidate for the congressional seat in Bacolod City. Said plan includes top-ranking police officers in the City, specifically P/Supt. Santiago Rapiz.
This action of the NBI is supported by DOJ Sec. De Lima when she also ordered the NBI to investigate the prevalence of illegal numbers game and the evil plans for the upcoming May 13 elections. DOJ Sec. De Lima highlighted the urgency of the matter and ordered the NBI "you are hereby directed to conduct a preliminary probe into these serious allegations." The evil plotters in Bacolod City should be aware that the national government will he around to monitor their movements and they should not proceed with implementing their evil plans. Bacolodnons should also be vigilant in guarding their votes because certain candidates will do anything just to win and keep themselves out of jail because of all their pending cases.
Bacolod City Lone District Representative, Congressman Anthony Rolando "Doc Tony" T. Golez, Jr. sent a letter request to COMELEC Chairman Sixto S. Brillantes, strongly urging the latter to order that the canvassing in the May 13, 2013 Elections be conducted at the Bacolod Bays Center. The Bacolod COMELEC Office recently ordered that the canvassing be held at the New Government Center. Cong. Doc Tony’s grounds for his request is the fact that there is already a taint of bias in favor of incumbent Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia, since the latter has allocated millions of pesos in favor of the Bacolod COMELEC Office.
"To have a fair election, the COMELEC should not only act fairly but they should also appear to be fair. The transfer of the canvassing from the open to the public, Bays Center, to the small Session Hall in the NGC, the nerve center of the anomaly-ridden administration of Bing Leonardia, does not make the actuations of the COMELEC appear fair. There is no plausible justification in transferring the canvassing, unless they are already so callous that they have lost all sense of decency. The Bacolodnons should step up to the plate and exert effort in guarding their future and not lose hope for having a better Bacolod City," added Cong. Doc Tony.
Reacting to the letter complaint of Bacolod Cong. Anthony Rolando Golez on the alleged plan of terroristic activities during the May 13 elections to ensure his victory, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said, "this is something that has never happened in Bacolod politics before. It is a masterpiece by a spin doctor. He should produce Nicolas Enriquez as his source of complaint."
At the presscon yesterday, Leonardia dared Cong. Golez to produce Enriques so people will know whether this person really exist or just a ghost.
Due to exigency of service, the training of policemen was momentarily suspended to attend orientation today before deployment to the field for the election.
According to Pol. Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz, Jr, Regional Director, Police Regional Office (PRO) 6, more than 1,300 police personnel from the Regional Training School 6 (RTS-6) will be deployed starting tomorrow for election security coverage.
They will first undergo today a seminar on election laws, Police Operational Procedures and Commission on Elections issuances at Camp Delgado, Iloilo City.
More than 200 barangay officials in Bacolod City have declared their full support to Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, mayoralty candidate of Grupo Progreso in the coming May 13, 2013 elections.
On Friday, more than 30 barangay heads gathered together and declared their open and active support for the mayoralty bid of Sayson. Last Thursday, more than 200 barangay kagawads also came in droves to show their support for Sayson, a former colleague.
All police units in Region 6 will receive mobilization fund for the May 13 polls.
Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz, Jr., director of the Police Regional Offce 6 (PRO-6), announced last week that all police offices and stations are allocated additional financial support to comply with the growing demands in police operations for SAFE (Secured and Fair Elections) 2013 campaign.
The funding support is intended for food allowances and other operational contingencies.
Cruz said police stations will receive P20,000 each, city police stations will receive P25,000 each, provincial and city police offices and the Regional Public Safety Battalion will receive P50,000 each, while the Provincial/City Public Safety Companies will receive P30,000 each.