Lanao Sur stakeholders pledge for HOPE
by Apipa P. Bagumbaran
Islamic City of Marawi (24 February) -- The Joint Security Control Center (JSCC) and other stakeholders here in Lanao del Sur signed Tuesday, February 23, the covenant which aims to ensure honest, orderly and peaceful election (HOPE) in the province.
The signing provided an opportunity for the stakeholders to show their desire to exercise their right of suffrage without fear in the forthcoming elections and to encourage the electoral candidates to avoid the use of violence and deception to earn votes.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Sultanate League, and non-government organizations (NGOs) as well as the academe, religious and youth sector are among those who signed and pledged their commitment for the HOPE advocacy.
MGen. Romeo Lustestica, commander of the first infantry division of the Philippine Army assured the public that the AFP will remain non-partisan.
He said the AFP will ensure the success of the coming 2010 elections by upholding the sanctity of the ballots and protecting human rights.
PCSupt. Bienvinido Latag, ARMM Police Regional Director, on the othelice will always abide the force of law and will not use their resources for the interest of any candidates.
ARMM COMELEC Director Atty. Rey Sumalipao meanwhile vowed not to tolerate and commit any irregularity in the forthcoming elections.
On the other hand, the NGOs, academe, religious and youth sector pledged to cooperate and work hand in hand with the AFP, PNP, and COMELEC in their campaign for HOPE. (PIA-Marawi City) [top]