MANILA CITY – Candidates in the City of Manila have vowed for a peaceful and honest midterm elections after the signing of a peace covenant on Monday, based on local reports.
Incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, who is seeking reelection this year, did not show up at the event but mayoral candidates Alfredo Lim and Francisco Moreno Domagoso, also known as Isko Moreno, were present.
“Sana walang kanditato na mamumuno ng violence that may hamper the smooth flow of our elections,” Manila Police Chief Vicente Danao Jr. said in his speech before the covenant signing.
He wished that “no candidate will give unruly influence to the exercise of the rights of our people to suffrage [and] that our candidates would abide by the rules and laws.”
Still, the policemen will be vigilant to achieve this goal, Danao assured everyone.
Meanwhile, Monsignor Hernando “Ding” Coronel, rector of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, sought God’s blessing for this year’s polls.
Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting hosted the covenant signing held at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros.
Midterm election is scheduled on May 13. The campaign period for local candidates commenced on March 29.
The Commission of Elections asked candidates to respect the pact and ensure that the midterm polls will be orderly, honest, and peaceful.