Wesmincom foresees honest, orderly and peaceful elections

April 3, 2010 11:59 pm 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 3 — A top official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines' Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) is optimistic that the holding of the national and local elections on May 10 will be peaceful in its area of responsibility.

Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mohammad Dolorfino, Wesmincom chief, said the covenant for honest, orderly and peaceful elections (HOPE) initiated by multi-stakeholders, including the Wesmincom, has gained the support of the candidates as well as their supporters.

The signing of the peace covenant by the candidates coming from the different political parties was held one after the other within the Wesmincom area of responsibility.

The covenant signing was witnessed by officials from the military, police and Commission on Elections (Comelec) as well as representatives of the different civic groups and non-governmental organizations.

Dolorfino noted that there had been no election-related violent incident within the area of responsibility of Wesmincom since the start of the campaign period.

The Wesmincom covers the areas of Lanao provinces, Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

Dolorfino said the AFP will uphold its mandated task as deputized agency of the Comelec to ensure the sanctity of a credible election next month.

The automated national and local elections in May will be the first time to be held in the country. (PNA)

scs/Teofilo P. Garcia/rsm

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