BACOLOD CITY, May 3 (PNA)– With just one week left before the election, policemen in Escalante City, one of the hot spots in Negros Occidental, held an interfaith prayer crusade and march for peace Thursday night.
The said activity for peaceful and clean election was led by Supt. Jefferson Descallar, chief of police of Escalante City Police Station and 2005 awardee of Metrobank Country’s Outstanding Police in Service (COPS).
Escalante City was placed under Commission on Elections (Comelec) watchlist areas due to intense political rivalry and records of extra-judicial killings in the past.
Descallar said they initiated the move to deter any useless and senseless killings due to politics and urged everybody to take part in attaining peace in the city, especially during the election.
Last April 1, a member of Regional Public Safety Battalion and a civilian asset were killed in broad daylight in the city. The assassination was believed to be due to intense political rivalry therein.
The incident almost caused the relief of Descallar from his post but the change in the command of Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office deters his re-assignment.
The march for peace and interfaith prayer rally was attended by thousands of residents and representatives from different religious sectors.
Provincial Election Supervisor Lawyer Wil Arceño, Escalante City Election Officer Lawyer Mavil Majarucon-Sia, 303rd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. John Aying, San Carlos Diocesan Administrator Rev. Fr. Patrick Daniel Parcon, rotarians and local candidates also attended.
The march started at the city’s bus terminal in Barangay Jonob-Jonob and converged at the public plaza. (PNA)