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PIA Press Release
2010/02/03

SPPADE to host Samar candidates forum as Palace tells people to study bets, platforms

Catbalogan City (3 February) -- The Samar Partnership for Peace and Development (SPPADE), a multi-sectoral forum aimed to push Samar into progress and development is set to hold a provincial candidates forum.

The forum is intended to show voters the kind of candidates they should vote for this coming May elections.

Presently, the technical working group assigned to iron out plans towards this end has now been mobilized.

Samar province has five gubernatorial candidates namely Ida Lim, Sharee Ann Tan, Jesus Redaja, Pedro Labid, Plar Bolok as then Darwin Tan withdrew according to Comelec provincial office.

The Candidates Forum aims to invite all five to answer questions to be fielded by the multi-sectoral group of SPPADE.

If plans will push through, the same forum will be aired live over the leading radio stations in the province and will be telecast by the two leading CATVs in Samar's capital city.

Samar has 450, 768 qualified voters distributed in some 1056 clustered precincts as reported by Samar Comelec.

Meanwhile, Malacaņang today called on the people to study the candidates well and their platforms of government.

In a media briefing this afternoon, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Gary Olivar said Filipinos ought to look past the charges and counter-chargers that accompany the campaign period. He also appealed to the political opposition to spare President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo the venom.

"We ask our compatriots to use logic and intellect so that they can understand what is taking place," he said.

The spokesman expressed concern at the mudslinging and how it has been escalating. He said it does not help the electorate make an intelligent choice on who should lead the country.

"I am a little taken aback at the level of poison that is coming from the usual quarters and the way the political campaign is heating up," he said.

Olivar cautioned those running for office to drop this campaign strategy and instead lay down their program for the people to scrutinize.

He said the people are getting tired of this kind of political campaign. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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