MERGE WINNER. The entry of the Don Angel Y. Locsin Elementary School was the winner in elementary category of the Balbagan Festival 2018 street dancing competition in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, yesterday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)


100% of bets proclaimed
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The Commission on Elections had proclaimed 100 percent of the winning barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan candidates yesterday in Negros Occidental, Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez said.

However, as of yesterday, the Comelec provincial office did not have official lists of the winning bets in the 662 barangays of Negros Occidental yet.

The following are unofficial lists of winning barangay captains from four cities and one town in Negros Occidental provided by DAILY STAR sources: moremoremore


‘A super majority in Bacolod’
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

A super majority of the elected barangay captains in the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections are perceived to be friendly with the administration of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, former councilor Roberto Rojas said yesterday.

As an observer, Rojas said that about 50 of the elected barangay captains are believed inclined towards the Grupo Progreso, the political party of the present administration, aside from majority of the barangay kagawads and elected SK officials.

He believes this resulted because of the confidence that the barangay leaders have in the Leonardia administration, as well as their very strong relationship, he said. moremoremore

 

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investments – BSP exec
BY MARK L. GARCIA

An executive of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said yesterday that the proposed bridges that will connect Central and Western Visayas will improve the labor market and production-market chain in the provinces of the region, including Negros Island.

Zeno Ronald Abenoja, senior director of the BSP Department of Economic Research, said in an interview yesterday that these bridges will connect the Visayas provinces, and improve the labor market, and the production of goods, from processing to manufacturing.

Late last month, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III announced the plans of the Duterte administration to build eight major bridges, with an estimated total cost of P269.19 billion, including the Guimaras-Negros inter-island linkage, Cebu-Negros Link Bridge, and Panay-Guimaras bridge, as part of the government’s massive infrastructure build up and to create more jobs outside Metro Manila.