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PNP Eastern Samar leads stakeholders in "Unity Turn"

By Alice Nicart

Borongan City, Eastern Samar (29 March) -- The Eastern Samar Provincial Philippine National Police Office (PNP) recently led the province's stakeholders in the call to help the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in holding an honest, orderly and peaceful elections come May 10.

The "Unity Turn" cum Covenant Signing went more inspiring with the attendance of His Excellency, Bishop Crispin Varquez of the Borongan Archdriocese with Rev. Fr. Juderick Calumpiano, and a few more young priests with their seminarians.

The dark of dawn with the participants all in sports get ups, partly blinded many spectators so as to fully recognize who was who. In particular, Bishop Varquez was mistaken for a high ranking military officer, that he was greeted, "good morning, Sir!", and his graciousness, the "Sir" returned the warm greetings just as well; also, education supervisors looked like high schoolers and the army engineers as though they were young boy scouts. In general, the ambience was very casual, ordinary and very relaxing.

But more than the physical appearances, what was more interesting was every ones' aspiration for an effective and efficient first time ever automated polls.

After invoking for God's presence and blessings in a short prayer which was led by Fr. Calumpiano, a 10-minute warm up was executed by all the participants with SPO2 Edwin Docena who exercised like a diligent P.E. teacher, and despite the cracking joints as evidence of age, majority of the participants enjoyed as they breathed deeply the morning air until they perspire.

With the religious men in their midst, the policemen, soldiers of the Philippine Army, Army engineers, employees of DepEd, DILG, BJMP, Bureau of Fire, COMELEC, NAPOLCOM, PIA, DYES and Kurbada Riders went out the PNP Camp and joined the "Unity Turn" around Borongan City which ended at the Borongan Plaza where a short program and covenant signing took place.

In his message, PNP-08, Deputy Director/PCSUPT Drusillo Bolodo informed the participants that the "Unity Turn" emanated in Camp Crame with PNP Chief Jesus Verzosa who led the game, "to showcase their vision for a peaceful elections". Bolodo urged the stakeholders to help COMELEC for the success of an upcoming political process.

"We might come from different places and we might speak different dialects but we only have one prayer, and that is for a peaceful and credible election..unta dili mausik ang ato mga paningkamot,(hopefully our efforts won't go in vain) and we can do this by teamwork", Drusillo added.

Bishop Varquez likewise told the stakeholders that as Christians they are also committed to help the COMELEC as he also encouraged one and all to not only being "maka-Diyos, makakalikasan but also being makabayan (pro-God, pro-evironment and pro-people).

Provincial COMELEC Officer, Atty. Butch Bautista was glad at the turn out of participants for the peace covenant signing.

For his part, PSSupt Felixberto Castillo was all smiles at the success of his initiated peace effort in the province?he thanked most especially Bishop Varquez and company, DRDA Bolodo and the other local stakeholders.

He enjoined everybody present to affix their signatures in the tarpaulined agreement. The ff. chiefs of office joined in the signing: Mrs. Judith Boco, DepEd Assistant Supt.; Mrs. Lydia Loyola, DILG; JSI Benben Catudio; FSI Rodrigo Almaden; Atty. Lorenzo Reago, NAPOLCOM; Col. Jaime Hidalgo, 14th IB Cmmdr; COP Rose Mambulao of Borongan City and SPO3 Perfecto Mambulao, HPG. (PIA-Eastern Samar) [top]

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