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Aklan candidates sign, peace covenant

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (10 March) -- Sixty-four (64) candidates - 38 from the municipality of Kalibo and 26 running for provincial positions signed today the peace covenant for an honest, orderly and peaceful elections at the St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Kalibo.

The covenant-signing was sponsored by the COMELEC, Diocese of Kalibo, KBP-Aklan Chapter, PPCRV, PNP, AFP, Aklan Press Club, other media organizations and outlets.

The covenant signing was held after a Holy Mass.

Kalibo has 4 mayoralty candidates, 4 vice mayoralty, and 30 for Sangguniang Bayan. For the provincial positions - the Western side of Aklan has 10 candidates for Sangguniang Panlalawigan, and Eastern, 10. Three are vying for the gubernatorial post; two for vice gubernatorial, while the incumbent representative for the lone district of Aklan - Congressman Florencio T. Miraflores, is uncontested.

In their messages, the candidates were one in saying that the peace covenant should be fully adhered to.

"We are here because we believe in God. Let us maintain a friendly rivalry, and let's be friends after elections", said Mark Quimpo, a mayoralty candidate of Kalibo.

For his part, Rep. Florencio T. Miraflores said he is humbled by the trust given to him by Aklanons, and said he would double his efforts to bring progress and service to Aklan.

"Let us abide by the peace covenanct for the most peaceful and grandest elections in the province", Miraflores said.

Governor Marquez and Vice Governor Gabrielle Calizo-Quimpo, along with their fellow candidates for the gubernatorial and vice gubernatorial positions, also delivered messages.

Other municipalities in Aklan, in coordination with the COMELEC and other civic and religious organizations have their respective covenant-signing schedules. (PIA) [top]

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