DIPOLOG CITY: As the May 9, 2016 national and local elections nearing, the Philippine National Police (PNP) together with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and Philippine Army (PA) recently held here a unity walk and peace covenant signing by all candidates for city mayor, vice mayor and councilors to ensure honest and peaceful balloting.
All local candidates from opposing political camps turned up and pledged to respect the electoral exercise by not “employing any form of violence, force or threat that may impair, impede, or unduly influence the free exercise of people’s right of suffrage.”
They also committed to run a clean campaign, observing fairness, decency, honesty and good faith.
A total of 20 candidates are vying for the different elective posts in the city – two for mayor, two for vice mayor, and 16 for the 10 slots as city councilor.
City police chief Police Supt. Lito Andaya, on the other hand, reminded the public that police operational procedures would be strictly implemented during the five-week election period, which will end on June 9. During this period, he said, unauthorized carrying of firearms and other deadly weapons in the streets is strictly prohibited.
Representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), non-government organizations (NGOs), private organizations and media also came to join and witness the said peace covenant signing of the local candidates.