Zamboanga del Sur candidates sign peace covenant
April 13, 2013 1:57 am
PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, April 12 –- The candidates for governor, vice-governor, congress and board members have signed a covenant for Secure, Accurate and Fair Elections (SAFE) in May 13 mid-term elections in this province.
Leading the signatories were Gov. Antonio Cerilles, who is seeking re-election under the banner of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), and Mayor Samuel Co, the city chairman of the Liberal Party (LP) and running for congressman in this province’ first district.
The signing of the peace covenant was held Wednesday at the Heroes Hall of the Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative (Zamsureco-I) office in this city.
The signatories swore to abide by the Constitution, Election Laws, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Rules and Regulations governing the conduct of the May 13, 2013 mid-term elections.
Also stipulated in the covenant are the following: the candidates should not employ or sanction the use of force, threat, and intimidation to supporters to secure victory; to protect human rights, opposing any political killings and unresolved human rights violations; to campaign based on the highest set of moral values, worthy of emotional and perfect example to everyone; and, to put people at the hearts of politics, principles over patronage and have a common sense of purpose as befit public servants who shall listen and act on the cry of the most vulnerable in the society.
The candidates also agreed that they should build together a fair, honest, peaceful and clean elections for the future generations regardless of political party they belong.
The signing of the peace covenant by the candidates was realized through the collaborated efforts of the Comelec Regional Director Francisco Pobe, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) director Chief Supt. Juanito Vaño, Jr., First Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz, III, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) chairman Fr. Felix Tigoy and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Director Abcede Asjali.
Zamboanga del Sur is a 1st class province comprising of 26 towns and one city with 589,888 registered voters. (PNA)