CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Candidates from the Province of Lanao del Sur, various stakeholders, the COMELEC, DILG, PNP and the AFP signed a pact for a free, honest, credible, orderly and peaceful 2019 national election last Friday, April 26, 2019, at Grandstand, Kampo Ranao, Marawi City.
A total of 128 candidates vying for provincial, city and municipal participated in the Peace Covenant organized by the AFP’s 103rd Infantry Brigade in Lanao del Sur.
Provincial COMELEC Officer Attorney Allan C Kadon welcomes the gesture in what he hopes will be a repeat of the highly peaceful Special Baranggay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections in the 96 Baranggays of Marawi City (BSKE) last year.
Dubbed as the “most peaceful election yet,” the Marawi Special BSKE concluded with no fatalities.
“The AFP is geared for a free, honest, credible, orderly and peaceful 2019 National Elections. I have committed my term to achieving a successful national election during my assumption as the brigade commander of 103rd Infantry Birgade” notes Col Romeo S Brawner Jr, Commander of the military unit covering the Province of Lanao del Sur.
While security forces have expressed optimism in the outcome of the elections, the military warns spoilers undermining the security of the election.
“We will take into restrictive custody any individual who will be caught buying votes or engaging in violence. This is to ensure integrity and security in our polling areas” Col Brawner adds.
Last year, security forces took into restrictive custody several personalities caught in the act of vote buying and engaging in fistfights at polling areas. All were released as soon as the elections came to a close.
Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded the efforts of the candidates, COMELEC, DILG, PNP and the AFP troops.
“This momentous activity will embody the aspirations of our Meranao brothers and sisters towards a peaceful and prosperous Lanao del Sur.” Ancan added.