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Dumaguete City, Philippines Monday, February 29, 2016
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‘Walk for clean polls' Thursday

The Diocesan Electoral Board of the Diocese of Dumaguete is spearheading a “Walk for C.H.A.M.P.” (Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful and Peaceful) elections and an inter-faith rally Thursday in the city, in line with the May 9 polls.

DEB convenor, Msgr. Julius Perpetuo Heruela, said a peace covenant signing by the political candidates in the province of Negros Oriental will also be held that day.

The covenant signing will be spearheaded by the Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental, headed by Senior Supt. Harris Fama as officer-in-charge.

The Walk for C.H.A.M.P. will start 4 p.m. around the major thoroughfares of the city from the Rizal Boulevard, and will end at the Ninoy Aquino Freedom Park grounds.

Schools, government agencies, non-government organizations, the private sector and the public are invited to take part in the walk, that shall be followed by an inter-faith prayer rally from key churches in Dumaguete.

Capping the activity will be the peace covenant signing to start with candidates for members of the House of Representatives, followed by bets for governor, vice governor, and Sangguniang Panlalawigan members.

The towns and cities in the province had already held or will hold their individual peace covenant signing, with their police chiefs taking the lead.

Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes said the covenant signing is supposed to be an act of goodwill but it is bound to fail if individuals are just there for the signature and documentation.

He said the covenant is made available for candidates who support and cooperate with the entire electoral process.

He expressed hope that candidates who sign the covenant are sincere in their stand to back the C.H.A.M.P. elections in May.

Meanwhile, a training will be conducted for trainors and coordinators coming from the parishes on March 5, as the DEB girds up for massive voters' education campaign.

The DEB was convened recently to discuss pertinent matters as the campaign period for local candidates will start March 26.

Some of the DEB members include the Commission on Elections, the PNP, the Philippine Army, the Department of Education, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, non-government organizations, and the media.*JG/JFP


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