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Mayor Leonardia elected as LCP president

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Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia is the newly president of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) during its 68th General Assembly and Election of its National Executive Board held at the EDSA Shangri-La in Manila.

Succeeding Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, Leonardia, the first mayor from Bacolod to be elected national president, will head the LCP, an organization of all 145 cities in the country, until 2022.

Also elected were Mayor Edgardo Labella of Cebu City as national chairman; Mayor Ronnel Rivera of General Santos City, national vice chairman; Mayor Joy Belmonte-Alimunung of Quezon City, executive vice president; and Mayor Arnan Panaligan of Calapan City, secretary-general.

Three other mayors from Negros Occidental were elected to the National Executive Board. They were Mayor Mark Andrew Golez of Silay City as the regional representative for Western Visayas; Mayor Nicholas Yulo of Bago City, deputy secretary-general for the Visayas; and Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca of Victorias City, deputy PRO for Visayas.

The newly elected LCP officials took their oath of office before Senator Francis Tolentino, also a former LCP national president.