lOVE nEGROs Gov. Alfredo Marañon and Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (6 th and 7 th from left) with their candidates for the provincial board Samson Mirhan, Jomar Alonso, Rafael Ignacio Coscolluela, David Lacson, Rolando Ponsica, Salvador Escalante, Victor Javellana, Renato Malabor Jr. and Alain Gatuslao (l-r)*

‘United Negros First'
pledges friendly fight


Mayors and political leaders from various parts of Negros Occidental joined Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., his runningmate Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4 th District) and the rest of their team in filing their Certificates of Candidacy at the provincial Commission on Elections office in Bacolod City yesterday afternoon.

Marañon and Ferrer, in a joint statement, said their slate can aptly be called the “United Negros First “ team as it is composed of the United Negros Alliance (Unega), Liberal Party, National Unity Party and Nationalist People's Coalition leaders.

“We strongly believe that a united front of leaders, coming together and putting aside the political divide, is the key to catapulting our beloved Negros Occidental to greater heights,” they said.moremoremore

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Candidates of the Nationalist Peoples Coalition-Grupo Progreso and the MKK Partido Bacolod filed their certificates of candidacy yesterday at the Bacolod Commission on Elections Office escorted by thousands of their supporters.

The MKK Partido Bacolod team led by Mayor Monico Puentevella filed their COCs in the morning after a mass at the San Sebastian Cathedral, while the NPC-Grupo Progreso led by Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia filed theirs in the afternoon, also after a mass at 2 p.m.

Both Puentevella and Leonardia will be running against each other for the mayoralty seat for the second time. Leonardia defeated Puentevella in the 2010 elections.


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Degamo, Arnaiz in race
for guv, lead CoC filers

Incumbent Gov. Roel Degamo and Rep. George Arnaiz (Neg. Or., 2 nd District) led their partymates in the filing of certificates of candidacy yesterday for their election bids in 2016.

Degamo, running under the Nationalist Unity Party/Partido NegOrense, and Arnaiz of the Nationalist People's Coalition but in an alliance with the Liberal Party, will be pitted against each other in the gubernatorial race next year. So far, they are the only ones who have filed their CoCs for governor.

Degamo is seeking re-election for a second term, while Arnaiz is making a comeback for the position he had held previously for three terms before serving in Congress. .moremoremore