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WESCOM Supports the Signing of Peace Covenant in Palawan

Published: Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Camp Gen. Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City – The Western Command supported the Palawan government's initiative to ensure a secure and fair Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on September 12, 2013 through the Peace Covenant Signing, led by Governor Jose Chavez Alvarez and attended by the Provincial Commission on Elections (Comelec), Philippine National Police, Local Government Units, other NGOs, CSOs and people of Bataraza, Palawan. 

As guardians of peace, the Palawan-based Armed Forces of the Philippines took part to support the campaign and assured its proper implementation. The signing of the peace covenant manifests the commitment of the current set of local leaders to attain one common and noble the purpose of ensuring a peaceful and honest barangay elections.

The activity commenced as Bataraza Mayor Katrina Ibba, welcomed all the guests, aspiring and incumbent candidates and people who came to witness this momentous activity. Present during the said event were Palawan Governor Jose C. Alvarez, Wescom commander Lt. Gen. Rustico O. Guerrero, Bataraza chief of police Sr. Insp. Raymond Dumapal, Provincial Board Members Winston Arzaga, Marivic Roxas, Leoncio Ola, and Sharon Onda. Also present were Bataraza municipal councilors, punong barangay of the 22 barangays of Bataraza, and Muslim brothers in the area.

In his message, Gen. Guerrero urged everyone to work for a common desire of smooth, honest and peaceful elections. He highlighted the significance and benefits of the conduct of peace covenant signing, citing previous experiences in past elections aiming to convince the leaders and all candidates and supporters for their commitment in the observance of the rules and policies set forth by the COMELEC.

For his part, Gov. Alvarez said that the peace covenant aims for a peaceful elections and that the incident last May elections will not ever happen again. 

By signing the covenant, candidates vow to avoid any acts that may endanger the sanctity of the ballot; to promote safe, clean, healthy and wholesome environment during the campaign period; to respect life; and abide by the decision of the majority and all duly-constituted authorities.

The advocacy is one of the local objectives of Gen. Guerrero which he pledged when he assumed command of Wescom. He has been consistently and actively engaging and convincing various key stakeholders for peace and development including foreign militaries in pursuing beneficial projects for the people in the province.

Other peace covenant signing in various municipalities in Palawan is expected to happen before the October 28, 2013 Barangay Elections. ––END 

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