Concerned Filipinos keep the peace in Mindanao
by FFE PH News staff
Photo source: The Philippine Star
Around 5,000 candidates for the barangay elections in Butuan and Cagayan de Oro have just signed a pact ensuring peace in the coming days.
The signing of the pact was pushed by officials in the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the Philippine National Police, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections and other concerned sectors.
Butuan City Comelec official Ernie Palanan said the pact will strengthen peace and ensure the safety of residents in 86 barangays during the election period. He added ‘This is a healthy sign that everybody will also adhere to our election laws, rules and regulations.’
A ‘Walk for Peace’ was also staged by 2,000 candidates in Cagayan de Oro city, calling for an orderly, fair and safe election.
Comelec reported that in Cagayan de Oro, around 200 persons were running for the position of chairperson while 1,800 were aiming for seats in the council.
Meanwhile, the regional police have tightened the enforcement of the gun ban during the election period. Police regional office 10 in Camp Algar, Cagayan de Oro reported they have so far confiscated 9 revolvers, 2 rifles and 30 bladed weapons in various checkpoints in the region.