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Zambo Norte candidates for May 10 polls sign peace accord

Dipolog City (3 February) -- To ensure honest, orderly and peaceful elections come May 10, the candidates here running for congressman, governor, vice governor, board members and city mayor met up for the signing of a peace covenant yesterday.

Organized by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), all candidates for congressional, gubernatorial, vice gubernatorial, provincial board member and mayoralty posts were invited to pledge among themselves to work for an honest, orderly and peaceful election.

In his opening statement, Provincial Election Supervisor Jossil Macute underscored the importance of making the elections orderly and peaceful. "Although we are politically at odds with each other, we come together to ensure a peaceful election," Macute said.

For his part, Western Mindanao (WesMin) command chief Lt/Gen. Ben Dolorfino urged all and sundry to take part in making "a very honest and orderly election."

"We want to have a better Filipino nation after the political exercises ? a nation with political stability and has socio-economic development and cultural cohesiveness," Dolorfino stressed.

Other than the political candidates, COMELEC Regional Director Helen Aguila-Flores, Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Director Angelo H. Sunglao, 1st ID Tabak Division commanding general Maj/Gen. Romeo D. Lustestico, 101st Brigade commander Col. Roland C. Amarille, 102nd Brigade commander Col. Rolando B. Tenefrancia, PNP Provincial Director Cristeto Rey Gonzalodo, media practitioners, religious and civic leaders were also present during the event.

Incumbent Zamboanga del Norte governor Rolando Yebes of Lakas, who is running for his third term, and Liberal party gubernatorial candidate former governor Isagani Amatong were one in supporting the call for an honest, orderly and peaceful election. (PIA-ZN) [top]

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