by: Aurell P. Arais
Malaybalay City – Only a handful of candidates responded to the call of Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting for the Provincial Candidates Forum held just recently.
Present and able to discuss their platforms of government in front of big crowd were Dr. Nerius Acosta, a gubernatorial candidate, his sister Malou Acosta vying for congressional seat for the 1st district of Bukidnon; Boy Tabios running for 2nd district representative; Atty. Fabian Gardunis running for 3rd district representative and two candidates for provincial board member Atty. Nemesio Beltran and Atty. Roland Detecio.
After presenting their platforms and programs of government, the crowd were given a chance to interact with the candidates through the open forum.
Followed later was the signing of a covenant for a credible and peaceful election.
As of press time, it is not yet known why the other candidates failed to show up during the said forum.
The holding of Provincial Candidates Forum was jointly undertaken by PPCRV, National Movement for Free Election (Namfrel) and National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) of the Catholic Church.
Fr. Danny Paciente, the PPCRV Bukidnon Provincial Coordinator stressed that holding of such activity was part of the education campaign of the Diocese of Malaybalay for the voting populace for them to choose the right person to hold position in government.