By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL
BAGUIO CITY — Some 2,612 candidates in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections signed on Thursday a peace covenant here, as commitment for a peaceful and orderly voting this May 14.
The local candidates initially gathered at the Baguio Cathedral for the 7:00 a.m. mass that preceded their formal adoption of the peace covenant.
City police chief Sr. Supt. Ramil Saculles said none of the villages here have been placed under an election watchlist, adding that: “Baguio elections have always been peaceful.”
Mayor Mauricio Domogan also discouraged the candidates from mud throwing at rivals during the campaign.
“We will not benefit from destroying each other,” he said.
Specifically, the Commission on Elections said that of the 2,612 individuals, 348 aspire to become barangay chairpersons; 1,803 want to become barangay kagawad; 247 vie for the SK chairmanship; and 214 seek to become part of the SK councils in this city.
The peace covenant stated that candidates should uphold democracy, obey election laws, and not to resort to bribery or any other corrupt practices and not to use violence against voters or opponents.
The peace covenant also stated that candidates would support the present government campaign against illegal drugs.
After the signing of the covenant, Atty. John Paul Martin, election officer of Baguio City reiterated the election laws and campaign rules before the crowd dispersed. # nordis.net