Sports enthusiasts and their families join the fun run for a clean and orderly 2019 elections on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office)
LAOAG CITY — Almost a thousand runners from various parts of Ilocos Norte and nearby provinces joined Saturday's fun run from Camp Valentin S. Juan in this city to the town of Vintar.
Organized by the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO), Police Maj. Angelito de Juan of the Investigation Division said the fun run aims to advocate peace in the upcoming May mid-term elections.
“This is a friendly run with our allies and the candidates. We hope that we get rid of hurting and teasing each other during the campaign,” said de Juan during the opening program at the INPPO open ground.
The event was among the activities of the INPPO and the Commission on Elections, which also led the February 7 interfaith rally and January 13 walk for unity, to promote orderly and peaceful elections.
Among the local candidates who arrived at the registration site was former Governor and incumbent Laoag councilor Michael Marcos Keon, who will challenge incumbent Laoag mayor Chevylle Fariñas.
As a former head of the country’s Gintong Alay project, Keon said his interest in sports never waned.
“I always enjoy running and I am here to show my support for peaceful and orderly elections,” Keon told reporters before the start of the event.
For Keon, sports “teaches you to deal with tension of life, how to be strong and molds your character”.
Participated in by various multi-sectoral groups, the Philippine National Police hopes the political candidates and their supporters will uphold the integrity of the election process and to respect all laws, rules and regulations.
The police stationed in the 21 towns and two cities of Ilocos Norte are intensifying police visibility by putting up checkpoints and also reaching out to netizens to promote their day-to-day programs and activities, which include “no to vote-buying” campaign.
“Be an intelligent voter. Don’t be fooled by fake promises,” according to one of the latest Facebook posts of the Ilocos Norte police which has been liked and shared by netizens. (PNA)