Prelate to candidates: Preserve peace in polls

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur, Feb 13 (PIA) — A Catholic leader here said candidates seeking election should police their ranks and show sincerity in holding peaceful elections in May.

Bishop Ernesto Salgado, Archbishop of Nueva Segovia, advised candidates to look after their supporters to ensure that they do not engage in acts that can foment tension and violence.

The prelate’s statement was made following the successful peace covenant signed by at least 99 candidates from all the towns and cities in the province on February 6, 2013 at the Saint Paul Metropolitan Cathedral in Vigan City.

“I know that all of you are peace-loving people. Please advise all your supporters to keep peace in their mind when the campaign period comes to assure the conduct of peaceful elections in the province,” Salgado said.

Sister Lilian Carranza of the Social Action Commission of the Archdiocese led the covenant signing and was joined by Bishop Salgado, Ilocos Sur Governor Luis Chavit Singson, newly- assigned Comelec Supervisor Alipio Alonzo Castillo III, Chief Superintendent Ricardo Marquez of the Philippine National Police Region 1 and the local media.

In the peace covenant signing, the candidates for local positions made a commitment to eliminate political, social ills, and corrupt political practices to ensure clean, honest, accurate, meaningful and peaceful elections in Ilocos Sur.

“I will encourage all the clergies in the archdiocese to offer prayers for peaceful 2013 elections during their masses in their respective parishes,” Salgado added. (MCA/FGL-PIA1 Ilocos Sur)

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