Pangasinan's Espino reassures support to PPCRV's CHAMP advocacy

March 27, 2013 11:41 pm 

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, March 27 –– “I will always remain faithful to the norms of conduct and strongly support the advocacy of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting for clean, honest, accountable, meaningful and peaceful elections and the campaign for Secured and Fair Elections of the Philippine National Police.”

This was the statement of Gov. Amado Espino, Jr. in his letter addressed to Provincial Election Supervisor Marino Sales and Fr. Allan Morris Abuan, PPCRV chairperson for Pangasinan, last March 23.

While he reassured his support to PPCRV’s guiding principles of CHAMP, Espino, in the same letter, expressed regrets that he could not take part in the ceremonial activity of the peace covenant held at the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Dagupan City last March 25.

Contents of the letter were disclosed to media Wednesday.

“For the record, these are the same guideposts that I have lived by in working for clean and peaceful elections, ever since I served as PNP Pangasinan Director, as PNP Region I Director, as a congressman, and now as governor of this province,” Espino stressed.

The governor, however, noted that “some candidates and officials are supposed to promote CHAMP and SAFE elections, are the same people who are violating the core values and principles upon which these advocacies stand.”

The governor informed the COMELEC provincial chief and the PPCRV-Pangasinan chair that “majority of the local chief executives in Pangasnan and the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan have signed a manifesto calling for a change in the PNP provincial leadership.

In their manifesto, the SP members and mayors accused Sr. Supt. Marlo Chan, PNP OIC-provincial director, of “evident bias in favor of some candidates and has arbitrarily and unilaterally been replacing the chiefs of police in those localities whose political leaders are perceived to be against his (Chan’s) favored candidates, without the requisite consultation with the concerned local chief executives, such acts in violation of the prohibitions imposed by the COMELEC during the election period.”(PNA)

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