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PIA Press Release
2007/04/24

Peace covenant signed in Samar capital town

By Ninfa B Quirante

Tacloban City (24 April) -- Samarnons filled the San Bartolome Parish Church to witness the signing of a promise of peace for what is foreseen by many as another dirty election. Candidates running for provincial and municipal posts signed a peace covenant in Catbalogan, Samar, ten o'clock Sunday morning.

Local politicians wrote with permanent markers to seal the agreement beside their names written in red paint across the two-meter board. The board, now placed in front of the San Bartolome Parish shows the candidates' promise to "keep the ballot sacred."

The politicians, through the covenant also, "Ask[ed] the Lord for a fair field."

Commission on Elections Provincial Election Supervisor Salvador Cruz says the peace covenant signing was an activity organized by COMELEC, the provincial command of the Philippine National Police, and the Church. Cruz says it was the COMELEC that invited the candidates and that all the candidates confirmed and nearly a hundred percent were in attendance.

Also present during the Peace Covenant signing were PNP Provincial Director Asdali Idjah Abah, Provincial Election Officer Cruz and Fr. Wikci Colmenas.

In Calbayog City also, Cruz confirmed, the local candidates sealed a peace covenant on the same day. While in Calbiga town, all the candidates came for the peace covenant signing held two hours earlier than that in Catbalogan.

Despite being an area of concern for the coming May 14 polls, Samar, Cruz believes will still have an orderly election even as municipal election officers juggle election preparations, peace covenant signings and baklas poster operations.

"I feel and I wish this election will be orderly," Cruz said. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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