The simultaneous signing of peace covenants among candidates for congressional, provincial positions and mayoral aspirants in Negros Occidental has been tentatively set on April 1, almost a week after the start of the campaign period for local bets, Senior Supt. William Senoron, provincial police officer-in-charge, yesterday said.
Senoron said they are now finalizing the venue of the signing, that will be a joint activity of the Commission on Election, Armed Forces of the Philippines and National Police.
He added that the signing of the peace covenant aims to promote a harmonious relationship among candidates and their supporters, and to get their commitment to ensure a peaceful and orderly elections on May 9 in Negros Occidental.
But re-electionist Vice Mayor Gerardo Rojas and 17 councilor-aspirants in Murcia went ahead by signing the peace covenant yesterday at the Immaculate Concepcion Parish Church in the town.
The signing was initiated by the Comelec, Murcia parish priest Fr. Gregorio Patino, 303rd Infantry Brigade and the town police headed by Senior Inspector Lawrence Gerald Bathan.
2Lt. Ma. Revekka Knothess Roperos, 303IB Public Information Officer, said the candidates aired their commitment to make the May 9 elections honest, orderly, peaceful and orderly.
“We will uphold the constitution, obey the laws and ordinance of the land… We renounce the use of threat, violence, force, intimidation, private armed groups and such other illegal means in the furtherance of our political interest,” they pledged.
Roperos said such activity promotes convergence of efforts with the different sectors and stakeholders, that will lead to the realization that peace is a shared responsibility, that can be won through “ Bayanihan”.
There are 834 candidates running for elective posts in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City, Comelec records show.
There are 18 candidates for provincial board seats, 18 for congressional seats, one for the gubernatorial seat and two for the vice-gubernatorial position.
Eighty are running for mayor, while 63 are candidates for vice mayor, and 652 bets for councilor.
The campaign period for local candidates will start on March 25.
Members of the Regional Joint Security and Coordinating Committee, of which Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office and Bacolod City Police Office are still members, are slated to meet on March 3 at the Police Regional Office 6 headquarters in Iloilo, to discuss election-related concerns.*GPB
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