Spearheaded by the Philippine National Police, candidates for provincial elective positions marched morning of January 13 from Camp Juan Duyan to the St. William’s Cathedral for an interfaith prayer rally with various religious sects.
Candidates of Tabuk City also held their unity walk in the afternoon from City Hall to the Magsaysay Elementary School for the program, pledging and covenant signing.
Both walks were participated by government employees, students, religious sector, supporters, other law enforcers, the military, NGOs and the media.
After the mass at the Cathedral, candidates pledged to support ensure a free, orderly, honest, and peaceful elections, and signed a peace covenant as final proof of agreement to abide by the provisions.
Fr. Jose Pic-it, parish priest of St. William’s Cathedral, urged candidates to respect and observe the peace covenant to ensure peaceful, clean, and honest elections on May 13. He also reminded them that public office is not the platform for stealing and illegal wealth creation.
Provincial DILG Director Max Mayer Adong explained that the goal of this peace covenant is for candidates to abide by its provisions in terms and in spirit.
“Our 31 candidates for provincial posts have no reason in saying they were not informed in
case they will violate rules during campaign period,” he said.
Lawyer Reyman Solbita who represented Provincial Election Supervisor Ricardo Lampac informed that election officers and supervisors were reshuffled. Though Kalinga is not a hotspot, he reminded candidates to keep clean the environment during the campaign.
Meanwhile, PSupt. Job Russel Balaquit, acting Provincial Police Director, vowed his command will do its part to ensure peace in the streets and utmost security during the conduct of the 2019 national and local elections.
“In order to achieve these, the PNP would like to encourage everyone to abide with the rules and regulations being promulgated during elections one of which is the total gun ban,” he said adding that without the support of the community, peace would be impossible to achieve.
“Keep in mind that everybody is an advocate of peace,” he said. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga) By Peter A. Balocnit