Local candidates for the May 9 elections in the towns of Sibulan and Pamplona, Negros Oriental, attended the signing of a peace covenant Wednesday.
Lt. Col. Rhoderick Garcia, 79 th Infantry Battalion commander, said the signing of peace covenants by local candidates, aims to help ensure the conduct of peaceful and orderly elections in the two towns.
The peace covenant signing was a joint effort of the Commission on Elections, Philippine Army, and the Philippine National Police, in tandem with the Diocese of Dumaguete.
The Comelec placed six towns and four cities in Negros Oriental, including Pamplona, under its election watch list areas in the May 9 elections.
The nine other areas included in the Comelec watch list are the cities of Guihulngan, Canlaon, Tanjay, and Bayawan, and the municipalities of Jimalalud, La Libertad, Siaton, Santa Catalina, and Basay.
The common parameters for towns and cities to be placed in the election watchlist, according to Comelec, include the presence of the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People's Army rebels, election-related violent incidents in previous polls, and intense political rivalry.*GPB
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