By Bonita Ermac
ILIGAN CITY – More than a thousand people joined the unity walk around the city, mostly candidates in the May midterm elections and their supporters, and representatives from the Commission on Election (COMLEC), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed forces of the Philippines (AFP), the religious sector, and the PNP City Advisory Council.
The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, Partido Demokratico ng Pilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan, Nationalista party, One Iligan party, and Independent party positioned themselves in four different areas during the Unity Walk.
The walk converged at the city public plaza where a short program followed by the signing of a peace covenant of all stakeholders on Sunday.
Messages from the PNP, AFP, DILG and the Diocese of Iligan focused on the appeal to the electorate and candidates to work for free, credible, and peaceful elections.
“Let our election be free from fraud, intimidation, and violence,” Apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Iligan Bishop Severo Caermare said.
“To elect our leaders is our sacred obligation to God, to our country and to our people. We must have a sincere (and) thorough discernment, praying for the light of the Holy spirit of the Almighty God to guide us in our choosing,” he said.
“We must choose our leaders according to the dictates of our conscience because in the human conscience God speaks,” he stated.
The military’s 2nd Mechanized Infantry (Magbalantay) brigade led by its commander colonel Ezra James P. Enriquez said they will remain neutral in the May 13 election.
“We are assuring everybody that your army will be non-partisan, apolitical during this May exercise,” said Enriquez
He enjoined the people to cooperate and coordinate with the Comelec and the PNP “so that the voice of the people will be heard here in Iligan City.”