Gov’t, pub­lic sign pact for May polls

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Mae Cly­dyl L. Avila/JMO

Gov­ern­ment agen­cies and other sec­toral rep­re­sen­ta­tives yes­ter­day signed a covenant to en­sure a peace­ful, safe, and fair May 2019 elec­tions.

The covenant was signed fol­low­ing a unity walk from the Cebu Provin­cial Capi­tol to the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-7 head­quar­ters on Os­meña Boule­vard.

Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-7 Direc­tor De­bold Si­nas, Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions-7 Direc­tor Olano, and Cebu City Vice-Mayor Edgar La­bella led the walk.

They were joined by an es­ti­mated 300 peo­ple from the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines, Bureau of Fire and Pro­tec­tion, De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, Com­mis­sion on Elec­tion, Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties, stu­dents from the Univer­sity of the Visayas and Univer­sity of Cebu, and in­cum­bent pub­lic of­fi­cials.

Supt. Den­nis Agustin, PRO-7's deputy direc­tor for ad­min­is­tra­tion, said the unity walk was held si­mul­ta­ne­ously with other re­gional of­fices across the coun­try.

“The PNP as a dep­u­tized agency of the COM­ELEC held this unity walk and prayer rally, to seek di­vine in­ter­ven­tion and show whole­hearted sup­port for a safe, peace­ful, se­cure, and fair May elec­tions,” Agustin said.

Si­nas em­pha­sized that the PNP will re­main non­par­ti­san and as­sured they will not be used as a tool for po­lit­i­cal agenda.

“Wag­tan­gon da­pat ang per­sonal na pakig­bikil aron masig­uro nga hap­say og ma­li­na­won ang pinil­iay karong Mayo, and as law en­forcers, wala mi gip­ili nga side, we will re­main sa tunga and make sure that ev­ery­body is safe,” Si­nas said.

At least 20 doves were re­leased into the sky as a sym­bol of peace.

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