Mabalacat City politikos vow peaceful elections
Political candidates in the May 2019 polls in Mabalacat City, Pampanga took part Monday in a unity walk and vowed to ensure a peaceful conduct of the elections.
Mayor Crisostomo Garbo and Vice Mayor Christian Halili, who are vying for the mayoralty post on May 13, as well as aspirants for vice mayor and city councilors, participated in the “Unity Walk, Interfaith Prayer Rally & Peace Covenant” activity initiated by the local police and supported by the Commission on Elections.
Department of Interior and Local Government officer Rita Gotiangco witnessed the candidates’ signing of the peace convenient and Integrity Pledge.
The pledge for a “free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections” gets the candidates’ commitment to “abide by the tenets” of the “Constitution, election laws, rules and regulations.”
“I will not employ any form of violence, force or threat that may impair, impede or unduly influence the free exercise of the people’s right of suffrage,” it said.
It also sought the candidates’ commitment to “promote gender sensitivity in the campaign” and to “not tolerate any form of violence against women in politics.”
According to the city information office, Garbo expressed confidence of a yet another peaceful elections in the city, citing historical experience.
“With a history of zero violent election-related incidents, I am confident that our candidates will be a good sport in this election and no violence will happen,” he said.
The campaign period for municipal position candidates begins on March 29, lasting through May 11. Candidates for senator and the party-list representation in Congress starts Feb. 12.
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