The bigger spenders are not always the winners. Or so, if their Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) are to be believed.
Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. reportedly spent P1,893,919 in the May 2013 elections, based on his SOCE submitted to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Provincial Office, but he lost to Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. who spent P1,776,601, or a difference of P117,318.
After a hotly contested election that ripped the once "united" United Negros Alliance (UNA), Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he is willing to reconcile with businessman Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco and his political rival, Vice Governor Genaro "Lim-ao"Alvarez Jr.
Yesterday was Cojuangco’s birthday, and Marañon greeted him a "Happy Birthday" during a press conference at the Governor’s Office.
"My door is wide open for him," Marañon said, when asked of the possibility that he will reconcile with Cojuangco, who endorsed his opponent, Alvarez, to run for governor in the May 2013 elections.
The Regional Trial Court (RTC) already received from the Department of Justice (DOJ) the information for the filing of the murder charges against seven of the suspects in the killing of the magistrate in a lonely spot in Manalad in Ilog town, Philip Arles, a son of the judge said yesterday in text messages sent to media people.
After the RTC receipt of information from the DOJ, the judicial procedure is to file formal charges against the suspects in the court, and warrants of arrest issued by the court. If it will be remembered, earlier, the DOJ ruled that there is probable cause for the murder case and that in a few days, the court will issue warrants of arrest for apprehension of the seven suspects in the murder case.
Second-termer 3rd District Rep. Albee Benitez has promised to double his efforts and expand the services he has given to the people of his district, as he begins another term.
Re-electionist 3rd District Rep. Albee Benitez (second from left) is proclaimed by the Provincial Board of Canvassers, composed of (from left) vice chairman Daniel Villaflor, chairman and provincial elections supervisor Wil Arceno, and member Gerald John Joven, at the Provincial Capitol last night.*(DDangcalan photo)
"I thank everyone for giving me another term.. There’s a lot to be done for the 3rd District," he said in an interview yesterday, minutes before he was proclaimed by the Provincial Board of Canvassers at the Provincial Capitol last night.
Benitez won in his re-election bid over former Congressman Jose Carlos "Kako" Lacson, with a lead of almost 50 percent.
After years of being considered as the "political kingmaker" in Negros Occidental, the results of the 2013 midterm elections is seen by some quarters as the waning of businessman Eduardo Cojuangco’s influence in local politics.
Cojuangco’s gubernatorial candidate, Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), failed to get the people’s nod with his imminent defeat against incumbent Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. of the United Negros Alliance (UNA).
Based on the partial and official tally at the Provincial Board of Canvassers as of 4 p.m. yesterday, where 20 of the 31 election returns were canvassed, Maranon got 327,126 votes or a lead of about 132,600 over Alvarez who got 194,495 votes.
Re-electionist Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. was leading in the partial and unofficial tally of votes as of 11:08 p.m. last night, with a lead of almost 90,000 over his rival, Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez Jr.
For vice governor, former San Carlos Mayor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Alvarez’ running-mate, was leading the race with 7,000 lead over his opponent, 5th District Board Member Melvin Ibañez, Marañon’s running-mate.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed the murder charges filed against Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr., his son Ilog Mayor John Paul Alvarez, and Cauayan Vice Mayor Jerry Tabujara, in connection with the murder of Kabankalan Regional Trial Court Judge Henry Arles last year.
Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez Jr. (center) and his children, 6th District Rep. Mercedes Alvarez and Ilog Mayor John Paul Alvarez hold a press conference at their residence in Bacolod last night to inform the media that the DOJ has dismissed the murder charges filed against the vice governor and the mayor in connection with the murder of Judge Henry Arles.* (DDangcalan Photo)
The DOJ resolution, which was received by mail by the Poblador, Bautista, and Reyes Law Offices in Manila, the legal counsel of the Alvarez, at 1:10 p.m. yesterday, dismissed the murder charges against the three officials for "insufficient evidence."
Rebels Burn Mine Facilities
By Arman P. Toga
It was a classic case of hitting two birds with one stone:
First, New People’s Army (NPA) operatives raided on Friday night Philex Mining Corp. facilities in Sitio Omas, Barangay Camindangan, Sipalay City and burned some equipment there.
Second, they rained on and exchanged bullets with responding soldiers for an hour, killing five and wounding two others, and taking away six government firearms on Saturday morning near the mine site.
NPC gubernatorial bet Vice Governor Genaro "Lim-ao" Alvarez, Jr. and his running mate Eugenio "Bong" Lacson anticipated the implementation of zero-tariff on imported sugar under the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) in 2015 to hit a hard blow on the sugar industry. In this regard, both Alvarez and Lacson support the efforts of Rep. Albee Benitez in addressing the sugarcane industry’s concerns. "The Sugarcane Industry Development Bill is commendable and we support its passage in the upcoming Congress," Alvarez said.
Vice Gov. Lim-ao Alvarez and Cong. Albee Benitez (standing).*
Nevertheless, Alvarez believes it is but necessary that the provincial government must also formulate preventive and sustainable measures to mitigate the possible collapse of the sugar business. Thus, a sugar agenda was formulated by the Alvarez-Lacson team. A portion of the Sugar Agenda was presented in an audio visual presentation yesterday at the Barangay Leaders Assembly of Partidong Kusog Talisaynon under the Liberal Party with Cong. Alfredo "Albee" Benitez, Vice Gov. Alvarez among others.
Newly-converging cause-oriented and political networks, are contributing to the possible defeat of Vice-Governor Gena-ro "Lim-ao" Alvarez and his entire ticket, in the coming May 13, 2013 election as the campaign intensifies, in the province.
The essential basis for the political isolation of the Liberal Party (LP)-NPC-NP bloc has emerged barely two days ago, with the establishment of the Movement for Justice of Judge Arles and Justice for Negros, as announced in an electoral rally at the Bacolod public plaza, Tuesday evening with thousands of members of cause-oriented groups and sectoral organization members in attendance.