A WALK and mass for Clean, Honest, Accountable, Meaningful and Peaceful (CHAMP) for the May 13 elections was organized by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) last Monday.
P/Col. Wilson Joseph Lopez, police provincial director, said opposing candidates in Dagupan, as well as Pangasinan 4th District Rep. Christopher de Venecia, 2nd District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil were among those who attended the event.
A mass was officiated by Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas at the St. John The Evangelist Cathedral here.
The candidates dipped their hand with washable paint and marked the pledge of commitment for a peaceful election.
Lopez said it was the initiative of the PPCRV, separate from the one earlier made by the police but with similar intention to make the conduct of the May 13 polls peaceful, honest, credible and orderly.
He said policemen from Dagupan also came, as well as other police chiefs from other towns and cities. Commission on Elections and Armed Forces of the Philippines officials also joined the activity.
Meanwhile, Lopez said as of press time, there were no major incidents involving complaints against opposing candidates except vote-buying.
“Just the perennial accusation of vote buying and I hope this peaceful environment will continue and no major untoward incidents will happen related to the elections,” he said.
He added that “generally policemen in Pangasinan are on top of the situation but police force cannot do the job alone, it must be a concerted effort.” (PhilStar Wire Service)
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