Comelec, Church in Eastern Visayas call for peaceful polls

  • Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

    Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

    AFP News
    Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

    The 127 engravings of people, animals and geometric shapes are the Southeast Asian nation's oldest known artworks, but encroaching urbanisation, vandals and the ravages of nature are growing threats. The artworks have been declared a national treasure, regarded as the best proof that relatively sophisticated societies existed in the Philippines in the Stone Age. "They show that in ancient times, the Philippines did have a complex culture. Museum scientists believe the carvings date back to …

  • Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

    Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

    AFP News
    Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

    Hong Kong and the Philippines announced Wednesday they had resolved an enduring and deeply emotional row over a deadly hostage crisis, allowing soured diplomatic relations to return to normal. The breakthrough came after a deal was struck on the most sensitive issues of compensation to the victims of the tragedy, which saw eight tourists from Hong Kong killed following a bus hijacking in Manila in 2010, as well as an apology. "The resolution of the incident enables the normalisation of the …

  • Philippines arrests extremist in Malaysia resort kidnapping

    Philippines arrests extremist in Malaysia resort kidnapping

    AFP News
    Philippines arrests extremist in Malaysia resort kidnapping

    Philippine forces on Wednesday arrested a Muslim extremist believed to have taken part in the kidnapping of 21 people from a Malaysian resort in 2000, a senior commander said. Such cross-border kidnappings have become more common recently with militants from the lawless southern Philippines travelling to nearby Malaysia, where there are many dive resorts popular with foreign tourists. Nabil Talahi Idjiran, a member of the Abu Sayyaf group who took part in one such raid on Malaysia's Sipadan …

  • Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

    Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

    Associated Press
    Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

    Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether ... …

  • Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

    Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

    Associated Press
    Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists. …

By Vicente Alejandro, VERA Files

TACLOBAN CITY – With more than a week left before the March 30 start of the campaign period for local candidates, the Commission on Elections in Eastern Visayas and the Archdiocese of Palo have called for a clean, honest and peaceful election.

“We call on the candidates and the voters to work together towards a peaceful election,” said Father Amadeo Alvero, spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Palo.

The Palo archdiocese covers the dioceses of Borongan, Calbayog, Catarman and Naval.

Fr. Alvero (Vicente Alejandro)

Alvero said he hopes there will be neither cheating nor vote-buying and that people can vote freely and not be intimidated or influenced by money. He said the Church’s advocacy against vote buying is being carried out through voters’ education by its social action centers and the parish pastoral councils.

“Let us pray for a peaceful election especially that the campaign period (for local candidates) starts on the Holy Week...I just hope that they would not be campaigning in places where people pray and meditate like churches, the Calvary Hill...,” he said.

The call for responsible campaigning by candidates was echoed by lawyer Veronico Petalcorin, Comelec-8 assistant regional director.

“They must show to the people that they are responsible candidates by respecting the law,” he said, referring to the rules on campaign propaganda, which he says candidates have been informed about.

Atty. Petalcorin (Vicente Alejandro)

The Comelec has designated common poster areas such as plazas and barangay centers where candidates can post campaign materials and has set a size limit for campaign posters.

“How can we expect good governance, good officials if they themselves do not follow the law regarding election propaganda,” Petalcorin said.

Asked if violence would likely erupt during the election period, he answered: “We cannot predict … but we are ready for that. We have our police, the armed forces. We are determining areas where violence might crop up, (and these are) in areas that are highly contested, where there is an intense political rivalry.”

The poll official mentioned Samar as a potential flashpoint, but said the region is generally peaceful at this time.

“We we are looking keenly at these places,” Petalcorin said as he asked politicians and the people “to be calm, to be responsible enough during the campaign period.”

Earlier, the Philippine National Police released a list of 54 cities and towns in Eastern Visayas under its election watchlist areas.

These are places where violent incidents are highly possible because of intense partisan political rivalry and the use of armed groups by candidates (Category 1), and areas with a heavy presence of communist rebels (Category 2).

Listed under Category 1 are the Leyte towns of Bato, Inopacan, Kananga, Matag-ob, Tabango and San Miguel; the cities of Catbalogan and Calbayog and the towns of Daram, Gandara, Matuguinao, San Jorge, Sta. Margarita, Tagapul-an and Zumarraga in Samar; the Northern Samar towns of Gamay, Las Navas, Lavezares, Lope de Vega, Pambujan and Victoria; and Taft town in Eastern Samar.

Listed under Category 2 are the cities of Baybay and Ormoc and the towns of Albuera, Burauen, Carigara, Jaro, and MacArthur , all in Leyte, and the towns of Basey, Hinabangan, Jiabong, Paranas, Pinabacdao, San Jose de Buan, Sta. Rita and Tarangnan in Samar;

The Eastern Samar towns of Can-avid, Dolores, Hernani, General MacArthur, Jipapad and Quinapondan and the towns of Bobon, Catubig, Mapanas, Mondragon, Palapag and San Isidro in Northern Samar are also included under Category 2.

(VERA Files is put out by veteran journalists taking a deeper look at current issues. Vera is Latin for “true.”)

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options