BATAAN CANDIDATES SIGN PACT FOR CREDIBLE POLLS
INTEGRITY PLEDGE. Bataan Governor Albert Garcia and Vice Governor Cris Garcia, both running unopposed for fresh terms in the May elections, affix their signature on the Integrity Pledge during the signing of a peace covenant for honest and peaceful elections in the province at the Saint Joseph Cathedral in Balanga City, Bataan on Saturday, February 16, 2019. (Photo by Ernie Esconde)
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.
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 (Let us answer, what did the candidate do and show?) That will be the measurement. The basis of voting,” 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 candidate should be helpful, who is willing to give strength and skills and not money but rather to give his humanity.. good examples, good words and good deeds),” 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 (They will help not their own selves, not the group, not the family but rather the people. They should give all and ready to sacrifice to help and they are those we should choose),” 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 (There is no recorded election hotspot in 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)