Emano, pols ink covenant of peace
By GERRY LEE GORIT of Mindanao Daily News
CAGAYAN de Oro City––Candidates of elective positions in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental were joined by people from various sectors in a Unity Walk around the city on Tuesday morning for a safe and honest elections in May.
The participants publicized their campaign from the Cathedral to Divisoria and back.
Archbishop Antonio Ledesma later spoke to the crowd from the Bishop’s Palace urging them to choose candidates who are “for the greater good of the community.”
Ledesma promoted a campaign called “My Vote is Not for Sale” as he recalled the democratic gains of the Edsa I People Power which was commemorated on Monday.
He said the Church will back fair elections.
Among the government officials and candidates who participated in the walk and covenant signing were Misamis Oriental 2nd District Rep. Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano, Joey Pelaez, Opol Mayor Dexter Yasay, provincial board members Arrish Canonigo and Heckert Emano, Talisayan Vice Mayor Rommel Maslog, Villanueva Mayor Juliette Uy and her husband Julio Uy, and El Salvador Mayor Milette Almirante.
Officials of the Padayon Pilipino Party came in full force and gathered later at the City Tourism Hall where their titular head Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano encouraged them to support fair and clean elections.
For his part, Comission on Elections provincial election supervisor Cirilo Nala said the Comelec has asked once again the help of teachers for the conduct of the May elections.
Nala said the teachers “have the experience and competency in the conducty of the elections.”
He also joined the chorus calling for honest and clean elections.
“We should prevent, if not minimize, violations of election laws,” he said.