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Post- election
reconciliation urged

BY GILBERT BAYORAN

The Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade and various stakeholders are calling for reconciliation, unity and good governance in Negros Occidental, with newly-elected and reelected officials set to perform their mandate next month.

Now that the campaigns and electoral process are finally over, we call on everyone to set aside all differences and impassioned debates, and give way to a peaceful and harmonious complementation for the common good, the 303rd Infantry Brigade, said in a statement it issued.

We pray that all of the promises and desires for development will be fulfilled not just by victors, but also those who were not elected, the statement added.

In tandem with the Diocese of Bacolod, Negros Kasapulan of Baptist Churches, Dar Al-Dhikr Islamic Center, Peace Advocates of Negros, Pax Christi, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, Bacolod City Police Office, Visayas Peace-Builders Guild, Institute for Negros Development, Balayan-USLS, Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Philippine Mental Health Association, Kayang-Kayang Missions International, Broad Initiatives for National Development-Negros and, Paghiliusa sa Paghidaet-Negros, the Army is holding an election closure ceremony, “A Call for Reconciliation, Unity and Good Governance in Negros Occidental” to usher the duly-elected officials into their public offices.

“We hope that elected candidates will embrace their victory with humility and open the doors of their administration for cooperation with everyone,” the statement said, adding “ We also call on those who did not make it to give the elected the space to prove their worth to our people and take an active role in the promotion of good governance”.

Capt Christopher Cunanan, 303rd Infantry Brigade Civil Military Operations officer, yesterday said they are still scheduling the date and venue of the election closure ceremony.

The Comelec had earlier praised the military and the police for a violent-free election on May 13 in Negros Occidental, despite the intense political rivalries among candidates.* GPB

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