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PIA Press Release
2007/04/12

Ilocos candidates sign peace covenant

By Freddie G. Lazaro

VIGAN CITY (April 12) -- Candidates in four (4) cities and 70 towns running in the May 14 election in Region 1 signed peace covenants and attended a mass for peace in the different churches in the region to ensure the honest, orderly and peaceful poll.

Chief Superintendent Leopoldo N. Bataoil, Ilocos region police director, disclosed that based on the recent report reaching to the headquarters in police regional office, there were 26 municipalities of Pangasinan, 15 in La Union and 33 in Ilocos Sur had participated in the signing of covenants and Mass for Peace including the cities of Dagupan and San Carlos all in Pangasinan and Vigan and Candon City of Ilocos Sur.

“I thanked all the bishops and the clergies for the support in these endeavor,” Bataoil said.

“This peace covenant and Mass for Peace is a meritorious achievement of every citizen here in Region 1 and I’m very thankful of their support and cooperation. This is because everybody wants a peaceful and credible election”, Bataoil added.

The signing of peace covenant was a joint initiative of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Volunteers against Crime and Corruption (VACC) to give spiritual guidance among the candidates for the conduct of peaceful honest and credible elections in the region.

Ilocos Sur Police Provincial Director George Regis reported that only the candidates from the town of Sinait, Ilocos Sur had not yet sign the peace covenant and not attended the Mass for peace pending the clarifications from the PNP made by parish priest Fr. Albert Rabi regarding the twin activities.

In Ilocos Norte, Police Provincial Director Roman Felix is presently coordinating an arrangement with the bishop and the provincial chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the synchronized holding of the twin activities at the Laoag City Cathedral where all the candidates in the province will attend. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]

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