LP no show in poll covenant signing

BUENAVISTA, Bohol – Candidates of the Liberal Party in this town yesterday did not appear during the signing of the election covenant held at the police station but only the full slate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice-President Jejomar Binay.

UNA reelectionist Mayor Ronald Lowell Tirol led the signing of the poll pact along with reelectionist Vice-Mayor Atty. Dave del Rosario Duallo.

Candidates for councilor Romeo Bautista Aparece, Rena Sotto Erojo, Artemio Cabido Lopez, Rene Gasco Mero, Atty. Martin Bajao Nunez, Jr., Federico Salazar Pacaldo, Elsa Genson Tirol and Ma. Christine Cabarrubias Torregosa, all under UNA party, also affixed their signatures above their names in the prepare covenant.

LP mayoralty hopeful Roseller Repano Banez and vice-mayoralty bet Agustin Pacaldo Estorgio along with bets for councilor Samson Millana Caray, Pedro Jomao-as Celocia, Luisa Anora Estoy, Ernane Calvin Padilla Fuentes, Jr., and Joselito Gasco Mero did not show up in the covenant signing.

Rev. Fr. Eutemio Espina, municipal local government operations officer Glenda laude Asoy of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and police chief Jacinto Mandal witnessed the said signing.

Earlier, Jagna Mayor Fortunato of Jagna was reportedly not around during the signing of the election agreement. Just last week, city Mayor Baba Yap was represented by city administrator in the signing of the same.

Mandal briefed the candidates on their roles and duties in the coming elections after the signing of the peace pact.

The police office here informed and invited the LP camp to be present in the signing and they (LP) signified they’ll attend but to no avail, Mandal said.

In a bid to have a fair, safe, and fair election, 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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