By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
A peace covenant was signed by mayoralty candidates of Manila at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros on Monday morning.
Manila mayoralty candidates Alfredo Lim (left) and Isko Moreno (right) sign the peace covenant wall at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Monday.
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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Church-based election watchdog group Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) hosted the covenant-signing.
The Comelec challenged the candidates to respect the peace covenant and ensure that the elections will be orderly, honest, and peaceful.
Of the three most popular candidates for the mayoralty seat, only former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim was able to attend.
Incumbent Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada was represented by City Administrator Erickson Alcovendaz.
Former Manila City Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, who came late to the actual covenant signing, signed the integrity pledge outside the Manila Cathedral.
"We are one with the Commission on Elections in running a free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections. We commit to run a clean, fair and honest campaign," Moreno said.
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PBGen. Vicente Danao Jr., Manila Police District, who also attended the covenant signing, maintained that the Manila police will remain apolitical during the elections. #MatalinongBoto2019