Poll bets in Pampanga sign integrity pledge for safe, fair elections
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga––At least 336 of the 524 local candidates in Pampanga province signed Friday, March 4, an integrity pledge, committing to secure, accurate, free, and fair elections (SAFE) on May 9.
The pledge, prepared by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), was earlier signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is running unopposed for a congressional seat in the second district.
Gov. Dennis Pineda and his allies in the local party, Kambilan, came in full force.
It was not known why the other 188 bets did not come to the event, said Myrvi Fabia, provincial director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
Pampanga has no election hotspot, according to Rommel Rama, Comelec provincial election director.
The province has “no communist-terrorist groups, private armed groups, or criminal gangs, or intense political rivalries,” Col. Robin Sarmiento, provincial police director, said.
In a statement, Pineda expressed hope that the elections would be peaceful and orderly. He had asked voters to respect choices and stay cool. INQ