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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Naga City's candidates ink covenant for an honest and fraud-free election

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Feb. 17 (PIA) --- Local candidates here vowed to seal their pledge of integrity by signing the covenant that will ensure a free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible election on May 9.

Mayor John Bongat, who will seek for re-election this year in this city, led other mayoral aspirants Fortunato Mendoza and Luis Ortega in signing the "covenant" held at the Plaza Quezon here last Monday.

Candidates for vice mayor alike, including incumbent vice mayor Nelson Legacion, Joaquin Calleja, former city councilor Atty. Nathan Sergio were also present as well as aspirants for the city legilators' seat.

The candidates by signing the covenant also agreed to abide by the tenets of the Philippine Constitution, including its related provisions that will guarantee a fraud-free election. They also vowed to uphold every citizen’s right to suffrage.

The covenant also includes the aspirants’ assurance that they will not, in any way inflict harm or use any form of violence just to justify their own caprice and gain unlawful advantage over their opponents.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) also included the disclosure of campaign expenses in the pledge pursuant to Resolution No. 9991 or the Omnibus rules and regulations governing campaign finance and disclosure of the expenses that the candidates will incur during the entire duration of their campaign.

Doves were flown as a symbol of impartiality or fairness while white candles were lighted as a symbol of a peaceful, clean and honest election.

The covenant, although not a legal document per se, is expected to bind the candidates morally in a pledge to promote honesty and integrity and vowed to uphold the sanctity of the democratic process.

PS/Supt. Narciso D. Domingo, OIC, Naga City Police Office stated that they are in full support of the said exercise as part of their advocacy for secure and safe elections this 2016. This, according to him, is also in line with the PNP Patrol Plan 2030 or the Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule of Law of the PNP. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861455695297/naga-city-s-candidates-ink-covenant-for-an-honest-and-fraud-free-election#sthash.TC7pRm2h.dpuf

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