Pagadian City candidates sign covenant
April 26, 2013 10:25 pm
PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, April 26 — Candidates vying for the positions of mayor, vice mayor and councilors on Thursday signed a covenant for Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections (HOPE) on May 13 this year in this city.
The signing of the covenant, which was initiated by the police in coordination with the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and inter-faith groups, was held at the Heroes Hall of the Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative-I (Zamsureco-I).
Local police commander Supt. Julius Muñez told the Philippines News Agency Friday that he initiated the covenant signing to ensure there would be peaceful and fair elections come the May 13 mid-term elections.
As the guardians of peace, it is the responsibility of the law enforcers to maintain peace and order (especially during the elections), Muñez added.
The candidates, as they signed the covenant, expressed their willingness to uphold the law and abide by the regulations imposed by the Comelec for a fair and peaceful election, he said.
We would expect candidates to be fair and honest as well as they will not use goons and firearms to their advantage and will follow the election laws, he further said.
Acting City Election Officer Atty. Edmund Rey Calo encouraged the candidates to be guided by the Comelec rules and work for a common goal that is for fair, honest, and peaceful election.
Among the main signatories of the covenant were Liberal Party (LP) mayoralty bet Priscilla Ann Fernandez-Co and Vice-Mayor Romeo Pulmones, who is running for mayor under the Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC) ticket.
The other signatories were the candidates for city councilors of the two contending political parties. (PNA)
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