A GROUP of church officials, military and police personnel in the province of Abra convened to map out “One Good Vote” campaign project as a continuing effort to conduct peaceful, honest and credible May 2016 elections.
The Church Military Police Action Group (CMPAG) – composed of ecumenical churches, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – explained that One Good Vote is a clean and fair casting of vote by a person of decency and upright character.
Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian of the Diocese of Bangued said the project is in collaboration with the Commission on Election civil society and non-government organizations, media group, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and the youth sector.
Jaucian said the campaign also involves the use social media and all media outlets to encourage the public to reject all forms of vote buying, a key to honest, peaceful, just and meaningful elections.
“There is a need to revive morality and spirituality in order to transform the society from the inert culture and easy-money ilk of the voting population,” he added.
Fr. Drexel Ramos of the PPCRV said “a single morally sound vote makes the difference.”
CMPAG convenors said the PNP and AFP are ready with the presence of potential partisan armed groups of political parties, guns-for-hire and New People’s Army remnants who would possibly try to disrupt the election process.
As peace advocate and crusader for development in the province, Jaucian said the CMPAG is founded to remind the people of Abra to concede only to the rule of law.
LEANDER C. DOMINGO