Checkpoints, unity walk, covenant signing signal start of elections

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Jan.  14 (PIA) — A total of 142 incumbents and political hopefuls for the different provincial, city and municipal positions in La Union joined the unity walk earlier Sunday, Jan. 13.

Roughly 30 percent of those who filed their candidacies for various positions in the province attended the said activity.

Among those who were present were incumbent Rep. Pablo Ortega seeking re-election for the first district and Mayor Hermenegildo Gualberto who is also running for re-election as mayor of this city.  Others were running as first and second district board members.  

“We are very happy that we have these number of candidates who joined us to ease the tension in the province this coming election and to remind the candidates that we are watching them,” Lawyer Reddy Balarbal, election supervisor of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) – La Union.

He added some of those who were not able to join because of security concerns have, however, signified their support.

Some of the provincial and local candidates in La Union release doves as symbols of peace. (JDS/PIA-La Union)

Challenging the political hopefuls, Balarbal said that by affixing their signature, they are bound to follow all that are stated in the covenant which is also on their certificates of candidacy.

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Also simultaneous nationwide at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 13 was the installation of Comelec checkpoints.   

“There were no reported apprehensions when we joined the police personnel on the first day of the implementation of checkpoint, but I hope they will intensify checkpoint operations to ensure a peaceful La Union,” Balarbal said.


Police Senior Supt. Ricardo Layug, Jr. explains the relevance of participating in unity walk and taking part in peace covenant signing. (JDS/PIA-LaUnion)
Senior Supt. Ricardo Layug Jr., La Union police director,  explains relevance of commitment and  taking part in peace covenant signing for a just and peaceful conduct of elections. (JDS/PIA-La Union)

Meanwhile, Senior Supt. Ricardo Layug, Jr., La Union police director, said “based on the previous elections to present, last year’s murder incidents involving politicians were just isolated cases” and vowed to work with other concerned agencies to achieve a clean, peaceful, and fair conduct of midterm elections.

The five-month election started on Jan. 13 and ends on June 12.

Campaign period for representatives of the House and other local positions will run from March 20 to May 11.   (JNPD/JDS/PIA-1, La Union)

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