COMELEC, PNP initiate peace covenant signing among local candidates

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By Claro A. Lanipa (ALT/CAL/PIA-9 Zamboanga del Sur)

PAGADIAN CITY, 18 March (PIA) – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC), in cooperation with the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Interfaith Forum for Peace and Solidarity and other stakeholders conducted on Tuesday, March 15,a peace covenant signing among local candidates in the city which was held at the Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative I (ZAMSURECO I) Function Hall.

PSupt. Michael P. Palermo, officer-in-charge of the city’s Police Station in his welcome message said the covenant signing is aimed to broaden a harmonious and amicable relationship among the candidates and their supporters.They should also adhere with the rules and regulations of the COMELEC and other laws of the country for the attainment of a peaceful, orderly, credible and honest political exercise.

Meanwhile, Zamboanga del Sur PSSupt. Michael M. Nicolas said “let this peace covenant be our strong foundation for the betterment of our community with the help of other law enforcers.”

He encouraged all candidates to be the catalysts of change by signing the peace covenant.

“Let this covenant enjoin all the candidates to uphold the fundamental principles of democracy. Sovereignty resides on the people and government authority emanates from them,” Nicolas emphasized.

“Peace is not a one-way process, one cannot do it without the other amidst differences.Let us take a moment to reflect and to do what is right for the sake of the people in the community that we are bound to save and protect,” the PNP chief added.

Nicolas is also hopeful that the coming election will be peaceful and a fruitful one, with no violence and calamities.

“Your PNP will be neutral and apolitical, very much willing to protect and provide security to the community,” Nicolas assured.

Likewise, LTC Virgilio C. Hamos, Jr., commanding officer of the 53rd Infantry Batallion, Philippine Army also assured everyone that the AFP will remain impartial and true to the marching order of the Commander-in-Chief of maintaining the peacefulness and orderliness of this democratic exercise.

AKSYON mayorality candidate Roseller Ariosa and incumbent mayor and LP candidate Romeo P. Pulmones led other local candidates in the signing of the peace covenant witnessed by Ms. Anacleta Balinton and Mr. Darius Dasmarinas of COMELEC, and other stakeholders.

Earlier in the day, the PNP led by PSSupt Nicolas spearheaded a Unity Walk and Bike for Peace, participated in by criminology students from selected colleges in the city and the bikers group, to raise the level of awareness and appreciation on the conduct of an orderly and peaceful election through unity and solidarity.