Antique local candidates ink peace covenant
San Jose, Antique (24 March) -- Candidates all over the province vying for local positions signed a peace covenant to uphold Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful and Peaceful Elections (CHAMP) at St. Joseph Cathedral on Monday.
Bishop Jose Romeo Lazo of the Diocese of San Jose de Antique who led in the Eucharistic celebration echoed in his homily the call for candidates to find deeper meaning in their desire to serve the Antiqueños, seek Divine guidance in all their undertakings, and be the guiding light to all the people.
The Bishop appealed to candidates to put priority on the protection and conservation of the environment and resources of the province. He asked the candidates to be more forgiving and understanding of one another. "You have my support in your quest to empower the Antiqueños. We need to pray and join hands to attain development", he said.
The peace covenant manifests the pledges of the candidates to attain a CHAMP elections which states among others the focus on platform of government rather than attacking personal lives of fellow candidates, to avoid vote buying and all forms of election fraud and use of threats.
To refrain from spending beyond what is lawfully permitted during the campaign and be held accountable for all the actions of their election/campaign leaders.
St. Joseph Cathedral was filled with candidates running for various positions, congressman, governor, vice governor, sangguniang panlalawigan members, municipal mayors, vice mayor and sangguniang bayan.
Atty Gil Barcenal, Provincial Election Supervisor emphasized that the signing of the covenant is a call for peace and reaffirmation of the belief and commitment to God that we are the true believers and followers of his word, "Love One Another As I Have Love You".
The PNP on the other hand through PCSupt Artemio G. Hicban read the statement of PNP Regional Director Isagani R. Cuevas in his commitment to remain apolitical to attain peaceful and credible elections.
The signing of peace covenant was jointly facilitated by Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose de Antique, Commission on Election-Antique Provincial Office, and Antique Police Province Office. (PIA/PSM) [top]