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Comelec, Church, PNP join hands to ensure clean elections

SAN FERNANDO CITY – The Commission on Elections, Catholic church and the Philippine National Police have joined hands to ensure a peaceful honest and credible conduct of the coming elections.

Police Chief Superintendent Leopoldo N. Bataoil, Director, Police Regional Office 1, said a special mass for all candidates in the Ilocos Region was held last April 1 which were officiated by the bishops in the region as this is the best program for an orderly and credible election.

“This is the best way we can do to encourage the support of candidates for peaceful elections. With the help of the Church and the Comelec, the candidates are encouraged to

commit themselves to support an orderly and credible conduct of the forthcoming elections,” Bataoil said.

Atty. Marino Salas, La Union election supervisor, said they have coordinated with the Bishops of Ilocos Sur, La Union, Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan to officiate the mass, followed by the signing of peace covenants among the candidates.

“The mass was intended with our HOPE program to emphasize to the electorate that we are really serious in making the election peaceful and orderly,” Salas said.

The special mass was a joint activity of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the Commission on Elections, the Philippine National Policeand the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC).

Fr. Gari Zaldy Patiag, PPCRV chair, said they will conduct fora among the candidates particularly on the “Ten Commandments for Candidates” and Voters’ Education for a Responsible Voting.”

Fr. German Cabillo, VACC-Ilocos chair, urged the candidates and the electorate to be vigilant to prevent the eruption of violence and illegal activities in the elections.