BACOLOD CITY, May 15 (PNA) — The Board of Canvassers chaired by Bacolod City Election Officer Milagros Salud Villanueva decided to proclaim the leading candidates in the metro as winners although the canvassing of votes in some precincts were not yet over.
Villanueva explained that the remaining votes to be counted could not affect the outcome of the election so they proceeded to the proclamation of winners.
The delay in transmission and canvassing of votes in Barangays Alijis, Tangub and Banago were due to defective compact flash cards of the Precinct Count Optical Scan machines, she said.
The first leading candidate proclaimed was former Congressman Monico Puentevella as new City Mayor of Bacolod.
Puentevella earned 105,685 votes or a lead of 15,891 votes against his rival Thaddeus Sayson of Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) who got 90,614 votes.
For the position of vice mayor, Comelec proclaimed Greg Gasataga of NPC as winner.
The former three-termer councilor now vice mayor-elect got 68,266 votes while his rivals Vladimir Gonzalez had 60,121 votes and Renecito Novero had 55,590 votes.
The 12 winning councilors who bested 29 other candidates were also proclaimed as new members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.
They were El Cid Familiarian (98,186 votes), Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue (90,279 votes), Bobby Rojas (86,305 votes), Em Ang (85,728 votes), Jose Carl Lopez (85,356 votes), Clausio Puentevella (83,923 votes), Caecar Distrito (76,206 votes), Archie Baribar (76,206 votes), Wilson Gamboa Jr. (69,034 votes), Alex Paglumotan (68,380 votes), Sonya Verdeflor (64,423 votes), and Atty. Ann Marie Palermo (63,119 votes).
The last to be proclaimed as winner was incumbent Mayor Evelio Leonardia as new congressman of the lone district of Bacolod.
Leonardia, who got 94,680 votes, unseated the incumbent Congressman Anthony Golez, an independent bet who got only 34,772 votes, in the House of Representatives. (PNA)