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NVizcaya pols offer peace, reconciliation

by Ben Moses Ebreo

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (May 21) -- Reeling from the pains brought by the May 10 automated elections, reelected provincial officials here have called on Novo Vizcayanos to embrace the torch of reconciliation and unity towards peace and progress.

The call was made by congressman Carlos Padilla, governor Luisa Cuaresma and vice governor Jose Gambito during the "Wat-wat" festival in the province, one of the highlights of the week-long celebration of Nueva Vizcaya?s 171st founding anniversary.

"Wat-wat" means sharing of consecrated meat among indigenous tribal communities, non-IPS and visitors in the province as a show of oneness and camaraderie.

Padilla said the event is not only for merry making but more so with the spirit of peace and reconciliation because the recent national and local automated elections had caused disunity and divisiveness among various sectors of Novo Vizcayanos.

"Let us forget everything that has been said against each other during the political campaign. Now that it is over and the people have spoken, let us again be united for the peace and progress of our province," Padilla who was the guest speaker stressed.

The solon also added that unity among diverse tribes in the province must be preserved since this is one of the important elements in the development of the province.

He said that unlike the case of Mindanao which is now ravaged by ethnic misunderstandings and fightings, Nueva Vizcaya for many years has preserved its unity among tribal communities which now serves as a strength of its inhabitants.

"Let us unite and complement each other so that we can both move the province towards progress and development," Padilla said.

During the "Wat-wat", sliced pigs meat are served and shared by tribal communities of the 15 local government units including local and foreign tourists. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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