TAGBILARAN CITY – Candidates for city mayor, vice-mayor and councilor signed a covenant, dubbed, “Unity of Pledge of Commitment For Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2016,” after a mass said at Saint Joseph cathedral on Thursday.
But City mayor John Geesnell Yap II was apparently not around and failed to sign the said agreement.
City administrator Leonides Borja represented Mayor Yap by signing the name of the mayor in the canvass which stated the commitment. It was not known why the absence of the mayor.
Councilor Dodong Gonzaga who attended the mass but his name was not signed as well.
It was not also known why candidate Edgar Kapirig, who also attended the mass, did not affix his name in the agreement.
Also, Jeremias Pabe and Dionesio Torralba III, Jewel Siason, who are hopefuls for a Sangguniang Panlungsod seat, were not around when the signing took place.
Those who affixed their signatures were: mayoralty bet Poblacion I chairman Arlene Karaan, reelectionists Adam Jala, Philip Besas, Jojo Bompat and Lucille Lagunay; and other candidates for councillors — Dulce Govasa, Greggy Gatal, Jonas Cacho, Vicente Polinar, former city SK federated president Shaene Karaan, Manga chairperson Leda Saco, Pat Ruiz, Booy chairman Elitorgio “Jun” Telmo, Eliezer Borja and Betty Torralba.
City police chief Col George Vale, media representative Willie Maestrrado, city prosecutor Atty. Romeo Chatto, city election officer Atty. Roco Lamanilao, Fr. Warli Salise, Col Arnulfo Matanguihan and city schools superintendent Dr. Virginia Zapanta also signed the pact as witnesses.
The candidates vowed “to do our part in continuing to move the Philippines forward in a positive manner.”
They also committed “to uphold the integrity of election process by refusing to be parties to vote-buying, election violence and any manner of corruption.”
“To elevate the level of maturity of Filipino electorate by holding candidates to a law-abiding campaign based on issues and not on personal attacks and to respect the genuine and laudable efforts for the winners for the benefit of the nation and good of all Filipnos,” they said. (rvo)
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