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‘Run for CHAMP’ polls starts

The first-ever run to promote clean, honest, accurate, meaningful and peaceful, or CHAMP, elections in May starts today until Saturday covering all towns and cities of Negros Oriental.

The Run for CHAMP, promoted by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting and adopted by the Diocesan Electoral Board of the Diocese of Dumaguete, kicks off in Canlaon City today, and in Basay town tomorrow.

It is expected to be attended by 70 personnel from the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Army, organized groups of runners, and teachers, with more enthusiasts set to join along the way.

There will be short distance runners and relay teams, who are required to fill out registration forms before the fun run, with relay run routes traversing Canlaon to Guihulngan City, Mabinay to Bais City, Guihulngan to Bais, Basay to Siaton, Bais to Dumaguete and Siaton to Dumaguete City.

An ecumenical prayer rally will be held at major pit stops in Guihulngan, Bais, Siaton and Dumaguete to promote the CHAMP elections.

The Diocese of San Carlos in Negros Occidental, represented by its Social Action Team headed by Fr. Edwin Laude, is also supporting the run, since La Libertad, Guihulngan, Vallehermoso and Canlaon, all of Oriental Negros, are also under its jurisdiction.

The activity will include the distribution of fliers from organizers promoting CHAMP elections, and the Voice for Champ, that encourages students to write down their expectations of the May 13 polls.

DEB convenor Msgr. Julius Heruela said no political streamers, or similar campaign materials like uniforms, T-shirts, fliers, posters and tarpaulins, will be allowed during the run.

Neither can any political candidate, or their supporters, will be allowed throughout the various legs of the run to make a speech as part of the event, he added.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, the runners and support personnel will converge at the Quezon Park in Dumaguete City for an ecumenical prayer rally, and the reading of the messages collected from students during the three-day relay.*JFP

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