Quezon, Laguna poll bets sign peace covenants on Holy Week

March 27, 2013 11:41 pm 

LUCENA CITY, Quezon March 27 -– Voters and electorates here expected the signing of the peace covenant to be forged here on Holy Monday late afternoon at the SM City Lucena’s event center in Barangay Ibabang Dupay in this city.

But, only a handful turned out from the roster of Quezon aspirants for gubernatorial, representatives of the province’s four congressional districts, board member, mayors and councilors of Lucena City.

The mall crowd expressed disappointment on the non-appearance of the incumbent Governbor David “Jayjay” Suarez and his gubernatorial opponent and current 2nd district Congressman Irvin Alcala.

Political observers here said the two may forge the covenant before Maundy Thursday.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec), Quezon Police Provincial Office (QPPO) and the Lucena City Police Station hosted the Peace Covenant for the local poll bets and candidates here as part of Secure and Fair Election (SAFE) 2013.

Forty-four local candidates joined the event including Lucena Mayor Dondon Alcala and former Mayor Ramon Talaga Jr. and wife Ruby, Congressman Mark Enverga of the province’s first district, former Congresswoman Aleta Suarez with poll rival Atty. Shiela de Leon for Quezon’s 3rd District.

Board members Victor Reyes and Lourdes de Luna Pasatiempo for the provincial 3rd district and Lucena City councilors also attended the peace covenant signing.

Ramir Latira, city election officer-in-charge for Lucena City led the candidate’s “Panunumpa Para Sa Kapayapaan” (pledge for peace).

Candelaria’s local Comelec officer Euclides Comia represented Quezon provincial election supervisor Atty. Urbano Arlando for the peace accord signing rites.

Comia expressed the occasion was an opportune time for the candidates to offer peace to each other and display a cordial atmosphere even with political opponents during the Holy Week, and throughout the campaign.

Quezon PNP expressed optimism that the SAFE 2013 events here could ensure the safety of all electoral stakeholders and resident of Quezon province and avoid election-related violence.

Quezon PNP Provincial Director Dionardo Carlos has assured the Quezon constituents that the police force here exerts their best efforts at serving the public good, maintain peace and enforce order in the communities especially during the election period.

Meanwhile, in Pila, Laguna, Congressional aspirant Atty. Antonio Carolino who is incumbent mayor of Santa Maria vies for Laguna’s fourth district seat and forged the peace covenant by Laguna election candidates here on Palm Sunday.

Carolino’s rivals Agarao and Palacol did not not show up for the forging rites.

Calamba City Mayor Joaquin Chipeco Jr, on his third and last term, also attended the peace covenant event as he seeks a return to Laguna’s 2nd congressional district.

The elder Chipeco and his son legislator for the 2nd district have forged the covenant.

Their political opponents also did not show up including reelectionist Governor George ER Ejercito Estregan and Congressman Edgar “Egay” San Luis who is seeking the gubernatorial post.

Bokal (board member) Angelica Jones, other board members, mayors and councilors signed the peace covenant for a Secure and Fair elections (SAFE) 2013. (PNA) hbc/By Michelle Cedeño (Quezon stringer) & Saul E. Pa-a(edited by SEP/PNA Calabazon)



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