Four congressional candidates, 6 board members sure winners

Four congressional candidates and six board members seeking reelection in Negros Occidental only need one vote to win.

They are running unopposed in the 2022 polls, Commission on Elections records showed Friday night.

The eight-day filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2022 polls ended at 5 p.m. Friday, Provincial Elections Supervisor Ian Lee Ananoria said.

Incumbent representatives Gerardo Valmayor (Nationalist People’s Coalition) – first district and Juliet Marie Ferrer (National Unity Party/United Negros Alliance) – fourth district, and returning members of the House Alfredo Marañon III (NUP/UNegA) – second district and Mercedes Alvarez (NPC) – sixth district are unopposed.

The unopposed candidates for board member seats are Rommel Debulgado (NPC) and Araceli Somosa (NPC) – first district, Sixto Guanzon Jr. (UNegA) and Samson Mirhan (NPC/UNegA) – second district, and Valentino Miguel Alonso (NPC) and Jeffrey Tubola (NPC) sixth district.

It will be a three-cornered fight for governor with Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson (NPC) being challenged by former Bacolod Rep. John Orola (Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan) and psychic Ma. Socorro Sibulan (Independent).

Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer (NUP/UNegA is being challenged by Johnry Abagon Gargarita (Independent), who said he is a self-employed resident of Binalbagan town.

In the third district of Negros Occidental Rep. Francisco Benitez (PDP Laban) is being challenged by Bernard Ferraris of the Reform PH – People’s Party who said he is an entrepreneur from Victorias City.

Rep. Ma. Lourdes Arroyo (Lakas CMD/UNegA) is being challenged by Sugar Board member Emilio “Dino” Yulo III (Independent) and Anthony Javelosa (Independent), a former Himamaylan City barangay captain.

In the race for two board member seats per district, the third district has four candidates, fourth district – three and fifth district – six.

The following is the Comelec’s full list of Negros Occidental provincial and congressional candidates:

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