AMAS, KIDAPAWAN CITY-Candidates, church leaders and officials and representatives from the Provincial Government of North Cotabato, military, Philippine National Police Region 12, academe, women's group, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and political parties vowed a fair, credible, and peaceful midterm May Election in North Cotabato.
In the activities dubbed "Ugnayan ng Simbahan at Pulis (USAP) for a free and credible midterm election and "Lakad Tungo sa Kapayapaan, Iwaksi ang Karahasan," a unity walk and peace covenant, they gathered at the Provincial Capitol of North Cotabato in Amas, Saturday (March 23) to address the need for a peaceful midterm national and local election and condemn terroristic activities in North Cotabato.
North Cotabato PNP Provincial Director Sr. Superintendent Maximo Layugan said they need the support of all sectors, electorate and candidates to work as one in attaining their goals.
"Let us be fair, apolitical and non- partisan in the upcoming elections. We have invited all of you to join us today in this activity because we believe that election is not only a work of one sector it also needs other groups of people to attain safe and secure elections," said Layugan.
Colonel Jose Gonggona, Deputy Commander of the 602nd Brigade said the activity was a one-time event to condemn the terroristic events in Mindanao.
"We will always support this credible endeavor. I am appealing to you to give your share," he said.
"Ang COMELEC lng ang nag facilitate for elections that is why we are here para sa hangarin ng malayang Halalan. Yung mga kandidato maka- kampanya ng malaya at ang mga botante makakaboto ng malaya. Ang unity walk ay isang araw at ang election day ay isang arawdin pero ang pagsasama natin would take years," said Atty. Jay Gerada, Provincial election supervisor of Comelec.
The candidates also took the Integrity pledge for free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections and commit to abide by the tenets of the Constitution, elections laws, rules, and regulations. The pledge urges candidates 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.
As a candidate he/she will respect the norms of conduct expected of public servants and commit to run a clean campaign, observing fairness, common decency, honesty and good faith; promote gender sensitivity in the campaign and not tolerate any form of violence against women in politics.
This was strengthened with the signing on the integrity pledge board led by Governor Emmylou "Lala" Talino-Mendoza. The activity was highlighted with the exchanging of Bible and Quran and was capped with the releasing of the doves that symbolizes freedom for all.
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