Com­elec urges Ba­colod bets to pro­mote clean, peace­ful polls

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The Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) urged the lo­cal can­di­dates in Ba­colod City to pro­mote clean and peace­ful elec­tions on May 13.

City Elec­tion Of­fi­cer Mavil Ma­jaru­con-Sia made the call after the Com­elec, to­gether with the Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice (BCPO) and the Philip­pine Army’s 303rd In­fantry Bri­gade, led a unity walk, prayer rally, and peace covenant sign­ing at the Ba­colod pub­lic plaza yes­ter­day.

The can­di­dates who at­tended the sign­ing ac­tiv­ity were mostly from the rul­ing Grupo Pro­greso led by re­elec­tion­ists Rep. Greg Gasa­taya and Vice Mayor El Cid Fa­mil­iaran, who both said their pres­ence shows their sup­port to the call of the poll body.

Part of the covenant read: “I sign this In­tegrity Pledge for free, or­derly hon­est, peace­ful and cred­i­ble elec­tions, and through my words and ac­tions com­mit to abide by the tenets of our Con­sti­tu­tion, elec­tion laws, rules and reg­u­la­tions, re­spect­ing the sanc­tity of our elec­toral ex­er­cise.”

Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia, who went to Kal­ibo, Ak­lan, to ful­fill an an­nual re­li­gious vow, missed the peace covenant sign­ing, but said in a state­ment that he is “very will­ing to sign (it) and would gladly do so any­time when he comes back.”

He added that his sig­na­tures in the peace covenant in all pre­vi­ous elec­tions were as good for the com­ing elec­tions.

Sia said the sign­ing of the in­tegrity pledge dur­ing the cer­e­mony was merely sym­bolic since the can­di­dates al­ready signed a sim­i­lar doc­u­ment when they filed their cer­tifi­cates of can­di­dacy last Oc­to­ber.

Chief Insp. Ariel Pico, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer of BCPO, said the ac­tiv­ity in Ba­colod has been suc­cess­ful as part of the si­mul­ta­ne­ous kick­off of the elec­tion pe­riod na­tion­wide.

Only a few of can­di­dates were not to at­tend, he added.

Col. Bene­dict Arevalo, com­man­der of the 303rd In­fantry Bri­gade, who at­tended the sep­a­rate unity walk and peace covenant sign­ing for provin­cial can­di­dates in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal at the Capi­tol La­goon and Park, said the Philip­pine Army sup­ports the poll body in its aim for peace­ful and or­derly elec­tions. the able

(PNA photo)

Ba­colod City Lone Dis­trict Rep. Greg Gasa­taya leads can­di­dates in the sign­ing of a peace covenant at the Ba­colod pub­lic plaza yes­ter­day.

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