With the majority of votes now transmitted in Negros Occidental and its highly urbanized city, Bacolod, it appears that May 10 is a “bonggael” (extravagant) day.
The acronym is the initial of the 4 candidates who are in the top spot in the province and the city, representing the governor, congressman, mayor, and the vice mayor.
Gov. Eugenio “Bong” Lacson who is seeking his second term as provincial governor is now way ahead with over 854,000 votes based on the result from the transparency server as of 1:17AM. His opponent, Atty. John Orola, secured only 52,939 votes.
Meanwhile, re-electionist Cong. Greg Gasataya of Bacolod City is almost a sure win with over 100,000 votes ahead of first-timer Dan Atayde who only secured 76,951 votes as of 5:47AM of May 10.
Businessman Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, the lone challenger of incumbent mayor Evelio Leonardia, is also leading the count in Bacolod with 164,676 votes, representing 95% of the total votes.
Bacolod incumbent Vice Mayor Elcid Familiaran also secured the top spot with 123,290 votes.
The numbers were all based on the partial and unofficial data published from the media transparency server that was provided by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).