COVENANT FOR PEACE, ORDER, FAIR, CLEAN AND HONEST LOCAL ELECTIONS IN THE PROVINCE OF SORSOGON

The campaign period for local election has started last 26 March 2010, In today’s local politics, the only way by which candidates will assure victory is to engage in wholesale vote-buying or any act of bribing voters, ”umpisa ng mamulat ako sa isyung pulitika, ay wala akong natatandaan na halalan na walang nagaganap na bilihan ng mga boto. As always, the victors and the losers are guilty of vote-buying or bribing voters, an election offense, but nobody has been charged nor punished for such offense. Now, it’s time to change this culture and state of mind of the “Kandidatos” in bribing the “Botantes”, On the other hand, the Botantes would look up to the Kandidatos as an instant charitable institution/s,  the giver of money to the deprived people in the community.

 To change this culture, I would encourage all the Kandidatos in Sorsogon to be the catalyst of change for clean, peace, fair and honest elections, by signing in the proposed COVENANT herein below. The signing of the peace covenant will assure our constituents in Sorsogon to have an honest and peaceful election this May 10, 2010, san vote-buying, etc.

 The covenant enjoins all the candidates to uphold the fundamental principle of democracy that sovereignty resides on the people and all government authority emanates from them.

It also enjoins the candidates not to resort to vote-buying or intimidation in any manner and destroy the voters’ power and freedom of choice.

Furthermore, the covenant enjoins all of the candidates from Governor down to municipal/city councilors to campaign in accordance by the law and rules in the spirit of good grace and friendly rivalry.

Finally, the candidates will be answerable to the public if and when they will violate the covenant they have signed by voluntary withdrawing their certificate of candidacy. /

 Atty. Benjamin Gaspi

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PROPOSED

COVENANT FOR AN HONEST, PEACE, FAIR

AND CLEAN LOCAL ELECTIONS IN SORSOGON 

 

This Covenant made and entered by and among:

 

ALL CANDIDATES IN THE FORTHCOMING MAY 10, 2010 LOCAL ELECTIONS IN THE PROVINCE OF SORSOGON

 

– WITNESSETH –

 

 WHEREAS, Undersigned signatories are Candidates in the May 10, 2010 local elections vying for the position of Governors, Vice Governors, Board Members, House Representatives, Mayors, Vice Mayors and Councilors in the Province of Sorsogon

  WHEREAS, the Constitution declares that the Philippine is a democratic and republican state. Sovereignty resides in the people (the electorates/voters) and all government authority emanates from them. And, the same charter guarantees every citizen of the state (of competent age) to have equal access to public service (and prohibit political dynasties as maybe defined by law), regardless of the status in the society.

  WHEREAS, in order to ensure a fair, honest, peace and clean elections in the Province of Sorsogon as well as to prevent electoral fraud, bribery, unnecessary spending, vote buying/selling and that every bonafide candidate/s be free from any form of harassment and discrimination in the upcoming local elections, the undersigned candidates have entered into this covenant in the spirit of peace and order electoral exercise regardless of political party affiliation, principle and belief.

 IN VIEW OF THE FOREGOING, the parties hereby agreed and covenanted, as follows:

 

 Section 1.

COVENANTS AND STIPULATIONS

 

The following are prohibited acts during the start of campaign period or election.

 As candidates, undersigned signatories are duty bound to abide by and comply with, in conscience and in principle, the provisions of the Omnibus Election Code (BP Blg. 881) specifically ARTICLE XI (Re, Electoral Contributions and Expenditures) under Section 96, (Soliciting and Receiving Contributions from Foreign Funds), Section 97 (Prohibited Raising of Funds), Section 99 (Report of Contributions), Section 100 (Limitations upon Expenses of Candidates), Section 101 (Limitations upon Expenses of Political Parties), Section 102 (Lawful Expenditures), Section 103 (Person Authorized to Incur Elections Expenditures), Section 104 (Prohibited Donations by Candidates) and to also observe religiously the mandates as stated in the following provisions ARTICLE XXII (Re, Election Offense), particularly Section 261 and all sub-paragraphs as provided in the said Code.

 Furthermore, the candidates who joined the peace accord have agreed not to engage in either vote buying or vote selling, not to bribe voters with money, directly or indirectly nor to intimidate them through violence or threat.

 They have also agreed to abide by the COMELEC rules and regulations not to carry or transport firearms and other deadly weapons as well as to hire security aides and bodyguards more than the allowable limit prescribed by the COMELEC.

 They have also agreed to a friendly rivalry and to observe the rules and regulations on prohibited propaganda such as the posting of posters, billboards, streamers and other propaganda materials outside the COMELEC poster areas.

 Any of the undersigned candidate who violates, or attempt to violate the afore-quoted stipulation, re, engaging in vote-buying, and giving money or material consideration to influence, induce or corrupt the voters or public officials performing electoral functions, committed acts of terrorism to enhance his/her candidacy, spending election campaign an amount in excess of that allowed by the Code and among other acts constituting election offenses, shall motu proprio voluntarily withdraw his/her certificate of candidacy from the COMELEC. No court action is necessary, but in conscience, she/he must tender and withdraw his/her from the political race for committing such violations.

 Undersigned commit themselves to be catalysts of reformation and transformation for a better society, insulated from the old system of traditional politics or politics of patronage and promise not resort to vote-buying to enhance the chances of winning in the election.

 

Section 2.

BINDING EFFECT OF THE COVENANT

 

This covenant shall remain in force and effect until May 10, 2010 local election, and shall be binding between and among the undersigned candidates, who are law-abiding citizens.

 

Section 3.

 EFFECTIVITY

 

This Agreement shall be effective immediately upon signing by the parties hereof.

 

 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties, hereto signed this _____ day of April 2010 in Bulan, Sorsogon, Philippines.

 

 

SIGNATORIES CANDIDATES

(To sign online, please use the reply or comment  box  with your name, official e-mail and relevant candidate’s profile information. Or the candidates may print out this covenant and sign it among themselves.)

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4 responses to “COVENANT FOR PEACE, ORDER, FAIR, CLEAN AND HONEST LOCAL ELECTIONS IN THE PROVINCE OF SORSOGON

  1. Ayos to. Any news on this yet?

  2. Mr.Bulan

    To Atty benjamin Gaspi

    This covenant is must signing for all the candidates and all of them must adhere faithfully and religuously to the terms/conditions set forth therein. If they could not adhere to the covenant, they shall voluntarily withdraw from the fight. DELICADEZA ang tawag dyan!

    Pero malamang hindi ito kakagatin ng mga pulitiko, kasi tama si atty. gaspi, lahat sila guilty ng kasalanang ito, heheheh.

    PARA MABAGO NAMAN ANG SISTEMA NG PULITIKA DITO SA ATING BANSA, dahil talamak naman talaga ang vote-buying sa tuwing may halalan lalung-lalo na sa local elections, sa northern philippines, malaki ang bigayan , sa central luzon malaki rin ang bilihan ng mga boto, sa southern tagalog talamak din ang bilihan ng mga boto, sa kabikolan, kabisayaan hanggang sa mindanao laganap ang bilihan ng boto. Halimbawa, sa Maguindanao, one-week before the election alam na kung sino ang nanalo, advance diba? high-tech talaga tayo! wala pang election, may panalo na!

  3. Mr.Bulan

    I noticed here that since this article was published here by in bulan observer blog a month ago, no one from among the canidadates from Governor down to Councilor has even dared to even attempt to affix his/her signature on the covenant being drafted by atty benji. It seems that no one would even go for a change, no one would even work to change the old system, no one has even dared to even spearhead the signing of this covenant (NA WALA NG BILIHAN NG BOTO) from among them. As far as i know, nag-umpisa na ang bilihan ng boto sa atin, either pinatatawag ang mga barangay officials o mga leaders ng mga kandidato at pag-uwi nila ay may pabaon na na tig 250.00 pesos. Matagal na rin itong ginagawa ng mga kandidato natin sa bulan, naaala ko po noong sila mayor guiming d castro ay naninirahan pa sa isang inuupahang bahay sa may immaculate concepcion subd. sa may pawa, habang palapit ng palapit ang election, isa-isa nilang pinatatawag ang mga barangay officials, from kapitan to kagawads, secretary and treasurer, para masiguro ang panalo nila, ay pag uwi ng mga nasabing officiales ay pinababaunan ng tig 250.00 -300.00 pesos pang bili kuno ng ulam at pamasahe sda tricycle at pag dating ang election the night before the election day, yan talamak na ang bilihan ng boto.

    NAPAKASAKIT DAHIL HABANG KAINITAN NG KAMPANYA SA ENTABLADO LAHAT NG KANDIDATO AY SUMISIGAW NG PAGBABAGO AT MAKABAGONG MUKHA NG PULITIKA, SUBALIT WALA NAMAN SILA GINAGAWA UPANG BAGUHIN ANG BULOK NA SYSTEMA.

    KUNG KAYO AY MGA TOTOONG MAKATAO, MAKABAYAN AT PARA SA BAYAN, BAKIT HINDI KAYO MAGING MAKATAO AT MAGPAKATOTOO SA SARILI NINYO, PUMIRMA KAYO SA ISANG COVENANT NA LAHAT KAYO AY HINDI BIBILI NG BOTO NG MGA BOTANTE.

    PARA NAMAN MAGING HUWARAN ANG ATING BAYAN NG BULAN O PROBINSYA NG SORRSOGON SA DARATING NA HALALAN.

    WE WANT CHANGE, BUT NOBODY HAS EVEN ROSE UP TO THE OCCASION TO LEAD THE PEOPLE AND OTHER CANDIDATES TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM AND CHANGE THEMSELVES.

  4. attybenji

    since nobody dares to sign the covenant, maybe sir edmund burke was correct when he said “All that is Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men do Nothing.”

    … for an honest, fair and peaceful local election in sorsogon this coming may 10, 2010

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