Feature: All in the name of peaceful elections
ILAGAN, Isabela (April 30) -- A former government peace panel negotiator and ranking officer of the Lakas-Christian-Muslim Democrats urged local bets here to join ranks in holding a clean and credible election while candidates in the three cornered mayoralty fight in Cauayan City pledged for a peaceful election following the signing of peace covenant.
Lakas-CMD regional chair Silvestre “Bebot” Bello asked candidates in this region, regardless of political affiliations, to wage a high level campaign instead of hurling invectives or resorting to mudslingings and character assassinations which only tend to destroy each other and create bad image of the candidates themselves.
Bello, who once served as the government’s representative to various peace negations here and abroad and Solicitor General, appealed for a clean and credible election to determine the sovereign will of the voters and hear their voices as to who would lead them as expressed through the ballots.
In the industrial Cauayan City, re-electionist Mayor Caesar G. Dy was joined by mayoralty bet, Councilor Felixreyes in a peace covenant signing initiated by Fr. Angel Luga of the Our Lady of the Pillars Parish. Other mayoral aspirant, Vice-Mayor Diosdado Ramirez earlier confirmed his attendance in the signing activity but didn’t make it for unknown reason.
Mayor Dy who is running for a third term under the Nationalist People’s Coalition and Reyes, an independent candidate, both conceded that the city is a peaceful place where there were no reported election related violence in the past elections because Cauayenos are “peaceful and freedom loving.” Candidates for sangguniang panlungsod or city councilor also joined Dy and Reyes in the peace agreement. (PIA Isabela) [top]