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Covenant run set April 9 to campaign for HOPE

Police, church, military and private sector initiate fun run

Cebu City (24 March) -- With 'fun run' now the 'in thing,' this form of exercise is now being used to campaign in achieving HOPE --- honest, orderly and peaceful elections as the local poll campaign period kicks off on Friday.

Dubbed as the 'Covenant Run,' the activity slated on April 9 is an undertaking by the Police Regional Office (PRO-7), the religious sector particularly the Dilaab Foundation, Central Command and the private sector.

PRO-7 Police Community Relations Division Chief Inspector Enrique Belciņa urged all government employees and other sectors to join the covenant run which will have four starting points namely at the Capitol Grounds, Fuente Osmeņa Rotunda, PRO-7 and Cebu City Police Office.

Those interested to participate in the activity can go directly at any of the four starting points on April 9 with assembly time at 4:00 a.m. while the run will start at 5:00 a.m. The area of convergence is at the Archbishop's Palace.

PNP Chief Director General Jesus Versoza and Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal will each deliver a message on the significance of HOPE as the country embarks on the first total poll automation.

The Comelec-7, PNP-7 and election watchdogs C-Cimpel and PPCRV are still meeting with political candidates and parties to possibly come up with peace covenants to ensure that the objectives of HOPE are met.

Comelec-7 Regional Election Attorney Enerio Ocariza bared they are calling for peaceful elections ahead which could best be achieved if candidates commit themselves to a peace covenant in their respective areas to ensure a violence-free campaign period.

Police and military personnel in Central Visayas meanwhile, will have an early voting schedule set on April 24 to 26 as they will be deployed during the elections.

Central Command Spokesperson Maj. Wilson Feria said they have now sent their request to Comelec-7 for the specified date to conduct the poll automation at Central Command Headquarters.

"All soldiers have been informed on the scheduled date so they can express their right to vote," Feria said. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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