Court approves recount petition of losing Neg. Occ. mayoral bet

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2019   •   1727


A voter inserts his ballot in the vote counting machine (VCM) during the midterm elections on May 13, 2019. (Rodel Lumiares/Photoville International)

The petition of incumbent Isabela mayor, Joselito Malabor, for an election recount was approved by the La Carlota Regional Trial Court.

The La Carlota Regional Trial Court already ordered the ballot transfer from the Isabela Municipal Treasurer to the office of the clerk of court.

“Na-grant na ng korte at hopefully bukas ililipat na ang mga ballot box mula sa munisipyo. Kung ipa-recount natin pabor talaga sa atin ang boto ng mga taong bayan ng Isabela malaki ang chance na mananalo tayo, (The court has already granted [the petition], and hopefully the ballot boxes from the municipality will be transferred tomorrow. A recount would show that the people’s vote in Isabela really favors us. There is a huge chance we will win),” he said.

Based on the election results, Malabor lost by 48 votes to Dr. Irene Montilla but Malabor believes there is a discrepancy in the vote counting.

Two other defeated mayoral bets in Negros Occidental also filed respective petitions for a manual recount. They are incumbent Moises Padilla Mayor Magdaleno Peña and former La Castellana Vice Mayor Felix Feria IV.

Peña was defeated by his niece Vice Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo by over 7,000 votes. Meanwhile, Feria was defeated by incumbent mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan by around 4,000 votes.(with reports from Lalaine Moreno)

1 dead, 15,900 families affected by flooding in Negros Occidental

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — At least one person died and over 15,000 families were affected and after heavy rainfall caused severe flooding in Negros Occidental last Friday (January 1).

According to the latest report of the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division, 15,900 families from the cities of Victorias, Silay, Talisay, EB Magalona were affected after heavy rainfall.

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old man was found dead in Barangay 6-A in Victorias City.

A total of 424 houses were damaged; 351 of which were totally damaged, while 73 were only partially damaged.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and other various rescue groups immediately responded to the situation. The local government also provided relief goods to the families affected by the flood.

Meanwhile, all roads are now passable and water and power supply in the affected areas have been restored. AAC (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)

7,300 mangroves planted during PCG coastal clean-up drive

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2020

Around 7,300 mangroves were planted and 546 sacks of garbage were collected during the coastal clean-up drive of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

It is in celebration of the PCG’s 119th founding anniversary. The coastal clean-up drive and mangrove planting was held in Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor.

“Said initiatives in celebration of the 119th founding anniversary of the PCG demonstrated the Coast Guard’s sincere commitment in protecting and preserving the country’s marine environment,” the PCG said.

The PCG assured health and safety protocols were observed during the said activities. AAC

Mga residente sa La Carlota City sa Negros, pinaghahanda na sa gitna ng pag-aalboroto ng Mt. Kanlaon

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2020

Inihahanda na ng pamahalaan ng La Carlota City sa Negros Occidental ang disaster management plan na ipatutupad sakaling lumala ang ipinakikitang abnormalidad ng Mount Kanlaon.

Ayon kay La Carlota City Mayor Rex Jalando-on, nakapaloob sa kanilang plano ang pagtukoy sa mga barangay na lubos na maapektuhan at kailangang ilikas sakaling sumabog ang bulkan o kaya ay mas tumindi pa ang nararanasang pagyanig sa paligid ng bulkan.

Nakapaloob rin sa disaster management plan ang gagamiting logistics, transportation at available resources, pati na ang positioning ng food packs at mga lugar na maaaring gamiting temporary shelter ng mga ililikas na residente.

Tiniyak rin ni Jalando-on na mayroong P10 milyong quick response fund na maaaring gamitin ang lokal na pamahalaan.

Nagsasagawa na rin sila ng kampanya upang paalalahanan ang mga residente na maghanda at maging alerto sa gitna ng nararanasang pagyanig sa kanilang lungsod.

May gagawin ring drill upang malaman ng mga residente ang mga dapat gawin kapag nakaranas ng malakas na lindol o kaya ay sumabog ang bulkan.

Sa ulat ng Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Martes ng umaga, nasa 104 volcanic-tectonic earthquakes ang naitala sa Mount Kanlaon.

Bahagya ring humina ang inilalabas na puting usok ng bulkan na umabot sa taas na 300 metro.

Iniulat rin ng PHIVOLCS ang patuloy na deflation sa ibabang bahagi ng bulkan at inflation o paglobo naman sa gitnang dalisdis na nangangahulugan umano ng hydrothermal o magmatic activity sa ilalim ng lupa.

Muli ring nagpa-alala ang ahensiya na nasa alert level 1 ang Mount Kanlaon na ang ibig sabihin ay nagpapakita ito ng abnormal na aktibidad at nasa “period of unrest.”

Naka-deklarang permanent danger zone ang four-kilometer radius ng bulkan at ipinagbabawal ang pagpasok rito ng mga tao.

Sakop naman ng eight-kilometer radius ng bulkan ang mga Barangay ng Ara-ala at Yubo kaya’t mahigpit itong binabantayan ng lokal na pamahalaan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lalaine Moreno)

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