SENATORIAL candidate Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez yesterday signed a covenant for truthful and honest elections as a show of “malasakit” or compassion to the future of the Philippines.
Romualdez also expressed confidence that the Commission on Elections can protect the integrity of the 2016 presidential polls.
“Naniniwala ako sa malasakit nila (Catholic Church) para sa ating mga Pilipino. I have my faith also that the Comelec will not compromise the future of this country by ensuring just, honest, clean, and peaceful elections,” Romualdez said.
He attended Mass at the Manila Cathedral officiated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle before taking part in the signing of the covenant for the Truthful, Responsible, Upright, Transparent and Honest
During the homily, Tagle said candidates should always remember that the blessing of running a government post has a huge responsibility.
The covenant is about the support of candidates to every Filipino’s right of suffrage and junking “politics of personalities and patronage,” and pledge to “refrain from using guns, goons and gold.”
It also said that candidates should “strongly admonish (their) relatives, friends, followers and supporters to desist from using violence, deceit, fraud and other unfair and dishonest practices.”
While exercising vigilance the public must support the poll body’s preparations to guarantee credible elections, Romualdez said.
“While we should give our support to the Comelec, the electorate should remain vigilant as their active participation would prevent incidents of cheating in this year’s political exercise,” Romualdez stressed.
Among those seeking the country’s highest public office only former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, presidential candidate of Team Daang Matuwid of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), and Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, standard-bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), attended the Mass and participated in the signing of the covenant in the morning.