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PIA Press Release
2010/01/23

5th ID CO urges Ykalingas to ensure peaceful elections

Tabuk City, Kalinga (23 January) -- Brigadier General Rommel Gomez, Commanding Officer of the 5th Infantry Division appealed for cooperation from the people of Kalinga to help ensure peaceful and orderly elections in the province.

With the implementation of the first automated elections, Gomez offered what he called'a fair warning' for friends and anyone else'with no exemptions' to adhere to the rule of law during the election process.

"It may be hard, but if peace is compromised we have to do our duties so let us not allow this to happen," he stressed adding "once we detect any armed groups or if guns are used during the elections period we will enforce the full force of the law to neutralize the situation."

During his briefing for the province's local officials conducted recently at the Provincial Capitol, Gomez said that in the Cordilleras, Abra and Kalinga have their share of election record that brought'shame' in this part of the region whose people are known for their high regard for peace and unity.

"I am not proud of the records of Kalinga, so we have to ensure that we will have a credible election this coming May," he said appealing that anomalies and violence should not be allowed to happen this coming elections.

"We could start the change this election, it may be like a ripple but this ripple could become a wave as it expands around the whole region and by that time people could say that there is credible and peaceful elections in Abra and Kalinga," he said with optimism.

Gomez said that the task will not be easy as he enjoined all sectors and the whole community to help for the sake of the future generations and future political exercises in the province and in the entire region. (ggdumallig/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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