San Si­mon bets ink peace pact

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

SAN SI­MON - Po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates from two dif­fer­ent par­ties vy­ing for var­i­ous lo­cal gov­ern­ment po­si­tions in this town are in for a peace­ful and orderly midterm elec­tions.

This was gleaned after as­pir­ing lo­cal of­fi­cials were in per­fect at­ten­dance dur­ing the peace covenant sign­ing ini­ti­ated by joint gov­ern­ment agen­cies led by the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) and Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) yes­ter­day

at the Mu­nic­i­pal Hall.

Lo­cal Elec­tion Of­fi­cer Jonel Sunga said that the covenant sign­ing aims to en­join the can­di­dates in one com­mit­ment, that is to par­tic­i­pate in fair, safe and hon­est midterm elec­tions this com­ing May 13.

By sign­ing the covenant, Sunga said that the par­tic­i­pants pledged to re­spect the whole elec­tion process, in­clud­ing the rules and reg­u­la­tions for cam­paign­ing, and the voice of the peo­ple which would dic­tate the re­sults.

“The can­di­dates’ per­fect at­ten­dance for the peace covenant sign­ing sig­ni­fies that ev­ery­one has com­mit­ted to par­tic­i­pate in peace­ful and orderly elec­tions. We hope that they will be true to what they have signed and re­spect the coun­try’s elec­tion process and its re­sults,” he sai d.

Be­ing the lead agency for the up­com­ing polls, Sunga also as­sured all can­di­dates and vot­ers that the Com­elec is and will re­main non-par­ti­san and will only im­ple­ment the rules and reg­u­la­tions re­lated to the vot­ing process.

Chief In­spec­tor Louie Gon­zaga, this town’s chief of po­lice, also as­sured the pub­lic that the lo­cal po­lice is set to en­sure that all reg­is­tered vot­ers can ex­er­cise their right to vote peace­fully come elec­tion day.

He added that the PNP will not be bi­ased to any po­lit­i­cal group or in­di­vid­ual, but rather will per­form its duty of pro­tect­ing the pub­lic’s in­ter­est, and the safety of the com­mu­nity this whole elec­tion sea­son.

“As the elec­tion sea­son of­fi­cially kicked in, your po­lice is al­ready on alert to en­sure that San Si­mon will have peace­ful and orderly elec­tions. We also as­sure that the PNP will never be bi­ased to any po­lit­i­cal group or any in­di­vid­ual, and that the voice of the peo­ple is the only one that will be heard,” he said.

Come­back­ing Mayor Ro­drigo “Di­gos” Can­las and busi­ness­man Abun­dio “Jun” Pun­salan, who are in a headto-head match for this town’s may­oralty seat, mean­while, also par­tic­i­pated in the cer­e­mo­nial hand­shake to sig­nify their par­ties’com­mit­ment for safe and fair polls.

“I have been in many elec­tions as I climbed my way to the may­oralty po­si­tion be­fore and I never en­gaged in un­fair pol­i­tics. And now that I am com­ing back, I still as­sure my fel­low Si­mo­ni­ans that what­ever their de­ci­sion will be, I will re­spect it,” Can­las said.

Can­las also lauded the ini­tia­tive of the Com­elec and PNP for seek­ing the com­mit­ment of all po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates in the town for safe elec­tions which would greatly ben­e­fit the Si­mo­nian vot­ers.

Pun­salan, for his part, said: “Our hope is that Si­mo­nian vot­ers can freely ex­press their choices and ex­er­cise their vote this com­ing elec­tions. We hope and pray that we can con­duct this elec­tion without any­body sac­ri­fic­ing their lives.”

Out­go­ing Mayor Leonora Wong, who is also seek­ing the vice-may­oralty post here, ex­tended her grat­i­tude to all as­pir­ing of­fi­cials for show­cas­ing the Si­mo­nian unity for the ben­e­fit of the ma­jor­ity.

“I just hope that ev­ery one of us will be true to our com­mit­ment, and I hope that we avoid mud­sling­ing and us­ing harsh words in our cam­paign. Let us just present our plat­form and let the peo­ple see which is bet­ter,” she sai d.

Wit­ness­ing the peace covenant sign­ing were mem­bers of the re­li­gious sec­tor, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and De­part­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, and vot­ers.

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