Is­abela bets, sup­port­ers urged to go for peace­ful elec­tion

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY GLAZYL Y. MASCULINO

THE Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) and the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) re­minded the can­di­dates in Is­abela town in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, and their sup­port­ers to po­lice their own ranks for a peace­ful elec­tion on May.

Se­nior In­spec­tor Roger Pama, town po­lice chief, said the can­di­dates led by re-elec­tion­ist Mayor Joselito Mal­a­bor and his chal­lenger, Irene Mon­tilla, along with the po­lice, poll of­fi­cials, and Philip­pine Army signed the in­tegrity pledge dur­ing the peace covenant sign­ing at the town’s gym­na­sium yes­ter­day.

The na­tion­wide peace covenant sign­ing was held on Jan­uary 13, but four ar­eas in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal with emerg­ing in­tense po­lit­i­cal ri­valry were di­rected to con­duct sep­a­rate sign­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to pre­vent any elec­tion-re­lated in­ci­dents.

Chief In­spec­tor Edi­son Gar­cia, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Of­fice (Nocppo), said the or­der came from Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent John Bu­lala­cao, direc­tor of Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice (PRO)-6 in Iloilo City, based on the Re­gional Task Group meet­ing for

2019 Midterm elec­tion.

Gar­cia said To­boso town has com­plied with the or­der on Fe­bru­ary 12, same with­ga­lona town on Fe­bru­ary 14 at the Nocppo head­quar­ters in Ba­colod City.

No sched­ule yet for peace covenant sign­ing was set for Moises Padilla town.

Gar­cia said these ar­eas were not of­fi­cially con­sid­ered as elec­tion hotspots since the val­i­da­tion of the au­thor­i­ties is a con­tin­u­ing process.

For his part, Pama said the town is peace­ful as the elec­tion is approachin­g.

The ac­tiv­ity only shows that the can­di­dates are true to their commitment to sup­port a peace­ful elec­tion, he added.

In fact, the at­mos­phere was good when all the can­di­dates met at the venue for the ac­tiv­ity, Pama said.

He said the can­di­dates were re­minded to never use force or in­tim­i­da­tion dur­ing the elec­tion.

“We al­ways re­mind them to be fair and hon­est so that we can have a cred­i­ble, or­derly, and peace­ful elec­tion,” he said.

Sup­port­ers were also ad­vised to never en­gage in any phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity like ha­rass­ment to pre­vent un­to­ward in­ci­dents.*


IS­ABELA Mayor Joselito Mal­a­bor and his chal­lenger, Irene Mon­tilla, dur­ing the peace covenant sign­ing at the town’s gym­na­sium yes­ter­day.

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