Benitez party dominates 2022 polls in Bacolod

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Team Asenso led by re-electionist Rep. Greg Gasataya and mayor-elect Albee Benitez together with their eight winning councilors dominated the May 9 polls in Bacolod City.

They were proclaimed yesterday, Tuesday by the Comelec at the Bacolod City Government Center canvassing area, along with the winning candidates of Grupo Progreso, namely re-electionist Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Councilors Cindy Rojas and Israel Salanga, and returning councilor Em Ang. Councilor Renecito Novero arrived after the proclamation.

Based on the final and official results of the Comelec, Gasataya garnered 185,470 votes against GP congressional candidate Dan Atayde’s 80,591 votes. (

Other congressional bets Nonoy San Miguel got 850 votes, Romy Gustilo – 738 votes and Willy David – 618 votes.

Benitez (171,893 votes) won over incumbent Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia with a lead of 64,446 votes.

Familiaran garnered 128,893 votes against Team Asenso’s Caesar Distrito, who got 103,236 votes and independent vice mayoralty candidate and incumbent Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. who got 32,033 votes.

The 12 winning candidates for councilor are Jude Thaddeus Sayson (134,635 votes), Israel Salanga (123,237 votes), Cindy Rojas (122,629 votes), Em Ang (116,953 votes), Al Victor Espino (115,197 votes), Valdi Gonzales (113,145 votes), Jason Villarosa (111,027 votes), Kalaw Puentevella (108,950 votes), Simple Distrito (107,030 votes), Celia Flor (103,768 votes), and Pao Sy (98,978 votes) .