By Jezza A. Nepomoceno
BACOLOD CITY, May 13 (PNA) — A mixture of candidates belonging to various political parties are leading in the initial unofficial results of this year’s midterm elections in this city Monday, based on Commission on Elections (Comelec) data.
As of 9:58 p.m., congressional candidate and outgoing Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia of the National People’s Coalition (NPC) earned 56,872 votes.
Leonardia posted an early margin of 20,628 votes against rival reelectionist Congressman Anthony Golez’s 36,244 votes.
In the mayoralty race, the fight appears tough between independent candidate and former Congressman Monico Puentevella and incumbent Vice Mayor Thaddeus Sayson of NPC.
Puentevella is leading with 63,552 votes while Sayson has an initial 55,095 votes.
For the position of vice mayor, former City Councilor Greg Gasataya of NPC is leading the race with 41,410 initial votes.
His rivals, businessman and independent candidate Vladi Gonzalez has 36,163 votes, former Vice Mayor Enoy Novero accounted 33,879 votes, and Johram Alama got initial 609 votes.
For city councilors, the partial list of candidates in the magic 12 were El Cid Familiaran (59,445) and Jocelle Batapa-Sigue (55,298) of Liberal Party; Bobby Rojas (52,561) and Em Ang (52,396) of NPC; Carl Lopez (51,497) of Nacionalista Party; Kalaw Puentevella (49,650), Ceasar Distrito (46,599) of NP; Archie Baribar (44,183) of LP; Wilson Gamboa Jr. (42,464), Alex Paglumotan (41,554) of NPC; Sonya Verdeflor (39,401) and Ana Marie Palermo (38,836) of LP. (PNA)