Bacolod Councilors Wilson Gamboa Jr., Alex Paglumotan, congressional candidate Jude Thaddeus Sayson, re-electionist Mayor Monico Puentevella, vice mayoralty candidate Vladimir Gonzalez, Councilors Ana Marie Palermo, Claudio Puentevella, Arnel Sigue, Jocilyn Uychiat and Councilor Sonya Verdeflor (l-r) at the MKK miting de avance at the Bacolod Public Plaza last night*
Thousands of supporters of the MKK Partido Bacolod led by re-electionist Mayor Monico Puentevella in yellow shirts and bearing MKK banners joined the group’s grand rally last night.
Puentevella, who slammed his political opponents at the rally, was joined by his congressional candidate former vice mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson and vice mayoralty candidate Vladimir Gonzalez.
Other MKK candidates present were re-electionist Councilors Sonya Verdeflor, Ana Marie Palermo, Wilson Gamboa Jr., Alex Paglumotan and Claudio Puentevella, former councilors Homer Bais and Catalino Alisbo, Lyzander Dilag, Dr. Francis Balzomo, Jocilyn Uychiat, and Arnel Sigue.
The Iglesia ni Cristo is voting for Bacolod Rep. Evelio “Bing” Leonardia for mayor, Councilor El Cid Familiaran for vice mayor and Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya for congressman of Bacolod City.
Leonardia confirmed the INC decision late last night when he issued a statement of thanksgiving after the officers of the bloc-voting religious sect relayed to him their decision to support him and majority of his ticket.
“We are deeply honored with this privilege and responsibility that our brothers in the Iglesia have bestowed on us through this decision. We shall prove ourselves worthy of their trust and confidence,” Leonardia said.
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The 1,442 Philippine National Police personnel were deployed yesterday for election duty in Negros Oriental, as the country girds up for Monday’s synchronized polls.
Negros Oriental remains as one of the country’s top 10 election watchlist areas, with eight towns and cities identified under the category. They are Guihulngan City, La Libertad, Canlaon City, Bais City, Pamplona, Siaton, Tanjay City, and Sta. Catalina.
Jimalalud, Bayawan City and Basay were earlier tagged as EWAs but were delisted afterwards.