Bataan politikos sign peace covenant as Bataan Gov, VG run unopposed
BALANGA CITY, Bataan — Municipal, provincial and congressional candidates in Bataan on Saturday signed a peace covenant for honest and peaceful elections on May 13 at the Saint Joseph Cathedral here.
The event was sponsored by the Bataan police, 48th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, Commission on Elections and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting.
Candidates in each of Bataan’s 11 towns and one city signed the Integrity Pledge Boards and vowed to abide by the tenets of the Constitution, election laws, rules and regulations and to respect the sanctity of the electoral exercise. Bataan Governor Albert Garcia and Vice Governor Cris Garcia, both running unopposed for fresh terms in the May elections, led the Integrity Pledge.
Bishop Ruperto Santos of the Diocese of Balanga advised the electorate not to vote for candidates based merely on names but on what they have done and shown.
“Ating sagutin, ano ba nagawa at ano ba ipinakita ng kandidato. Iyon ang magiging sukatan, batayan ng ating pagboto. Hindi sino bagkus ano at paano,” the Bataan prelate said.
He said the candidates should be honest, industrious and helpful.
“Dapat matulungin na handang magbigay ng lakas, ng kanilang galing at hindi pera bagkus ang ibinibigay ay ang kanilang pagkatao, magandang halimbawa, magandang salita, mabuting gawa,” the bishop said.
Santos said candidates should not be thinking only of themselves.
“Ang tutulungan nila, hindi ang kanilang sarili, hindi ang grupo, hindi ang pamilya bagkus ang tao, tayo. Lahat ay kanilang ibibigay na handang magpakasakit, handang mawala, handang maubusan para lang makatulong at iyon ang ating pipiliin,” he said.
Senior Supt. Marcelo Dayag, Bataan police director, said he was hopeful that like the past elections in Bataan, the coming electoral exercise would be peaceful.
“Walang recorded election hotspot sa Bataan,” he noted.
Aside from the Roman Catholic prayer delivered by Santos, Imam Hassan Macacua recited a Muslim prayer and Pastor Jhonny Tomboc, a Christian prayer.
Doves were released to cap the event. (PNA)
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