Ranilo “Ranie” Azue of the Watchmen Daily Journal was elected president of the Negros Press Club during its general assembly and election of officers Saturday at the NPC building in Bacolod City.
Azue, who is also a blocktimer of DYRL, got 55 votes to win over Edgar Lucasan, also of DYRL, who garnered 37 out of the 91 votes cast.
Aquilino “Boy” Ciocon, also of DYRL, got 48 votes, to win the vice presidency over Lizael “Nonoy” Lampines of RMN-DYHB who had 38.
Adrian Nemes of the DAILY STAR, Clarence Locsin of Bombo Radyo and Merlinda Pedrosa of Sunstar Bacolod, were elected secretary, treasurer and auditor, respectively, unopposed.
Azue, Nemes and Pedrosa are incumbent members of the Board of Directors of NPC, while Ciocon and Locsin are the incumbent treasurer and secretary of the club, respectively.
Elected to the Board of Directors were Mark Salanga of ABS-CBN with 50 votes, Nanette Guadalquiver of News Today – 41 votes, Carla Cañet of Sunstar Bacolod – 40 votes, Manny Canto of Negros Daily Bulletin – 37 votes, and Boy Factor of Radyo Commando – 27 votes.
Outgoing president Arman Toga of the Negros Daily Bulletin is ex-officio director.
NPC past presidents Rex Remitio, Modesto Sa-onoy, Eddie de la Fuente, Edmund Aspero and Pert Toga composed the Election Committee.
Bing Trecho, also a past president, was nominated as new member of the Membership Committee, replacing Elsie Jolingan. Other members of the committee are Modesto Sa-onoy, Eddie de la Fuente, Dolly Yasa, and Amado Villacarlos.
The total number of club members who registered Saturday after paying their annual dues was 95.
The new set of officers will assume their posts on March 1.*CGS