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8ID runs for unity and "HOPE 2010"

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City, Samar (12 February) -- Some 500 warm bodied soldiers of the Army's 8th Infantry Division shared their physical agility as they joined the unity fun run hosted by the Samar Provincial Police Office (SPPO), at 500 A.M. yesterday February 11, 2010.

Both army and police elements spearheaded the unity fun run on February 11, 2010 for an honest, orderly and peaceful election this May 2010.

The fun run bearing the theme, "Takbo ng Pinagsamang Simbahan, Sandatahang Lakas, Pambansang Pulisya ng Pilipinas, Mga Mamamahayag at mga Mag-aaral para sa Malinis, Maayos at Mapayapang Halalan 2010" is aimed to advocate a united call for an impartial, honest, orderly and peaceful election in May 2010.

As one of the mandates during election period especially when deputized by the COMELEC, the 8ID ensures that the right of our people to vote is preserved and carried out without any stain from the few who have evil and personal interest.

Together with the media, students, clergy, peoples' organization, ROTC cadets, civil societies, COMELEC employees and PNP personnel, the 8ID troopers ran for three kilometers labeled as 3K, one kilometer labelled as 1K and 500 meters.

The participants chose which stretch to join. The fun run started at the SPPO grounds until runners reached the 8ID Grandstand, participants ran a series of rounds in the command's oval grounds where a simple program and ceremonial signing of unity manifesto was conducted.

No less than the Chief PNP P/Dir. Jesus Verzosa commended the participation of the Stormtroopers in the said endeavor.

In the message of 8ID commander, Maj. Gen. Arthur I. Tabaquero which was read by his Assistant Division Commander Col. Joel Ibanez, he stressed the roles of different members of societies particularly the common people who are the potent elements in attaining a peaceful and honest election.

Gen. Tabaquero was in Bohol, attending Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) during the event.

The commanding general also ensured the public that the Stormtroopers, will continue to assist the PNP and COMELEC not only this coming May 2010 elections but also in the future elections to come.

"As we exercise our rights to suffrage, your soldiers in Eastern Visayas will continue to safeguard its portion for the people to at least enjoy all the freedom embodied in our constitution," he stressed. (PIA-Samar with 8th ID DPAO) [top]

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