Hundreds join poll covenant signing

Admin bets, Comelec execs' absence hit

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MANILA — Hundreds joined a unity walk, interfaith rally and covenant signing activity at the Quezon Memorial Circle on Sunday morning to mark the start of the election period for the May 2019 polls.

Organizers and partici-

pants called for a clean and honest #Eleks-yon2019.

In attendance were senatorial candidates of the opposition, among them Sen. Bam Aquino, Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, lawyers Chel Diokno and Erin Tañada and woman’s rights advocate Samira Gutoc.

Former Assistant Presidential Communication Secretary Mocha Uson, the first nominee of AA-Kasosyo party-list, former Interior and Local Government Secretary Rafael Alunan III, and the representatives of other party-list groups were also present.

Members from the Commission of Elections (Comelec), the Philippine National Police, and other government agencies also attended the event.

The Comelec expects to release the list of official candidates before January 23 as Election Day is set on May 13. Comelec execs' absence hit

Meanwhile, Tañada expressed dismay when no administration candidate or ranking official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) went to the peace covenant signing.

“Mukhang hindi wellcoordinated kasi maski isang commissioner da-pat ng Comelec, nandito. Eh wala eh, regional director lang ng [National Capital Region] ang andito,” Tañada said in an ambush interview after

the event.

Aside from this, Tañada said senatorial bets of the administration were also absent from the event.

“Mas glaring na walang administration candidate na nandito para pumirma. Ang andito aymga kinatawan nila,” he said.

“Ang tanong: may special power of attorney ba sila na pumirma dito sa integrity pledge? Mukha naman wala ata,” Tañada added.

Senatorial aspirants Christopher ‘Bong’ Go and

Francis Tolentino, who are running under the banner of PDP-Laban, only sent representatives.

A mascot of Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa was also spotted at the event but it was not clear if the former chief of police sent a representative.

Not all opposition candidates for the Senatewere at the event, though. — Inquirer

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