BACOLOD CITY, May 16 (PNA) — Two days after the election, the Provincial Board of Canvassers headed by Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Wil Arceño finally proclaimed the winners for governor, vice-governor and congressmen in Negros Occidental Wednesday afternoon.
The Commission on Elections proclaimed the United Negros Alliance (UNEGA) standard-bearer Alfredo Marañon Jr. as re-elected governor of the province.
Marañon, garnering 497,260 votes, defeated Vice Governor Genero Alvarez Jr. of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) who only got 336,665 votes –a difference of 160,595 votes.
The results came from 29 out of 31 local government units in the province. Victorias City and the southernmost town of Hinobaan were unable to transmit the votes due to defective compact flash cards of Precinct Count Optical Scan.
Arceño, however, said they decided to proceed to the proclamation of the leading candidates as winners since the votes to be canvassed could not affect the standing ranking of the candidates concerned.
Marañon got shortly emotional during his proclamation but he was cheered by his family and friends.
The Comelec also proclaimed Sagay Mayor Leo Rafael Cueva of UNEGA was also proclaimed as congressman-elect of the second district of the province.
Earning 81,310 votes, Cueva won over Otilia Galillea of NPC who only got 17,469 votes.
Congressmen Jeffrey Ferrer and Alejandro Mirason of UNEGA were likewise proclaimed as re-elected representatives of the fourth and fifth district of the province, respectively.
Meanwhile, Congressman Julio Ledesma IV of NPC was proclaimed as re-elected representative of the first district of the province Thursday morning.
He was proclaimed together with former San Carlos City mayor now vice governor-elect Eugenio Lacson of NPC.
As to the winners for provincial board members, the proclamation is tentatively set tomorrow. (PNA)