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SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — Candidates for various positions in the provincial level signed a peace covenant at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, Mid-La Union Campus, here last January 23.

The signing of the peace and cooperation for fair election agreement was made in the presence of students, police and military personnel, staffers of the Commission on Elections and members of the Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting.

Affixing their signatures to the peace covenant were gubernatoria candidates Henry Bacurnay, Jr. (Liberal party, Ind.); Thomas Dumpit (NP); Abono Party List standard-bearer Representative Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III, Mario Ortega (Kilusang Bagong Lipunan); and Clark Field Arrono III (Ind.)

Also signing the peace election pact were candidates for Congress in the First and Second Congressional Districts of La Union and thoserunning for the La Union Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Rev. Fr. Manuel Jayson Ragil, PCRV chair, expressed hope that the candidates would fulfill the promise they made as embodied in the agreement even as, he said, the people’s collective voices are also articulated in the message of the covenant.

Photo by Christine Junio

During the signing, Representative Ortega hugged his uncle Mario Ortega, who is also running for governor.

“It will be a matter of letting the people decide who is much better and capable of handling the job for governor,” the elder Ortega, who was the executive assistant of Gov. Manoling Ortega, said.

Manuel Victor Ortega, who is running against his uncle, City Mayor Pablo Ortega, for congressman in the First Congressional District, did not attend the event.

To cap the affair, balloons were given to each candidate who released them in the air as symbols for their unity for a peaceful and safe election in the province.

Earlier, a “Unity Walk” was made by participants and candidates along the national highway, from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to the DMMMSU San Fernando City campus. Christine Junio/

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