by: Elena Pelare
Ozamiz City- There were nearly One Thousand peace crusaders from the different religious organization, Civil Society Organization, Peoples Organization, private individuals and students strongly supporting the Secure and Fair Election (S.A.F.E) campaign by the Philippine National Police by participating in a candle walk Saturday , January 12, 2013 at 5:00 o’clock in the morning from the OSROX Park to the Pasundayag State inside Fuerte dela Concepcion y del Triunfo.
The crusaders were bringing lighted candles and their respective banners, streamers and different placards .
The S.A.F.E 2013 advocates were composed of mothers who were bringing with them their kids , criminology students from La Salle University and Misamis University, student from Sharing Computer Access Locally and Abroad (SCALA) and Ozamiz City Youth Information Communication Technology Training Center, PAG-ASA Youth Home, GITIB, INC. the CIS, KARANCHU and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of Misamis Occidental headed by PSInsp Danilo Balmes, the Joint Task Force Panguil, and the Provincial PNP headed by the Provincial Director P/Supt Dennis Basnge.
The streamer brought by the Joint Task Force Panguil has called the everyone’s attention. It says ” We Love Ozamiz”
The event was organized by P/Supt. Jonas T. Amparo, the chief of Police of Ozamiz City Police station which was personally supervised by PSSupt David Umbao, the Assistant Regional Director for operation of PRO-10.
After the walk, the symbolic signing of support for S.A.F.E 2013 was made by the peace crusaders into a streamer bearing the words ” Pagpakabana Para Sa Kalinaw: Duyog ang Katawhang Ozamiznon, Alang sa Tinuod,Hapsay og Patas nga Election 2013″ .
A short program has followed which was started with an ecumenical prayer from Alimatar Ali of Islam, Reverend James Cagaanan of Assembly of God, Pastor Giovan Pelayo of Eternal Life Church Ministries of the Philippines, Pastor David Cabugon of Happy Church and Pastor Lito Ocate from Freedom in Christ Fellowship.
The prayers were said in various ways however it contains the same meaning and objectives which coincide with the ultimate goal of the Philippine National Police of having secure and fair election not for the politicians to win but for the genuine voice of the people to be heard.
According to ARDO Umbao Ozamiz City is a very peaceful place and every peace loving Ozamiznon is called to sustain this tranquility. He said he has been in Ozamiz City since the first day of December last year and he observed and he saw how peaceful the City is. The director has given the emphasis on the streamer of Joint Task Force Panguil saying ” We Love Ozamiz”
” Mula sa pagdating ko rito ako ay nag-observed since December first, nakita ko na napaka-peaceful ng ating bayan, dito sa City of Ozamiz . Sana po i-sustain natin ang momentum ng katahimikan at kaayusan ng ating City. There is only one. Kaya kung nakita ninyo sa Task Force Panguil ng Tarpauline nila ” We Love Ozamiz” , let us love Ozamiz. Kasi kung hindi natin love and Ozamiz, guguluhin natin ang Ozamiz, di ba?! ” ARDO Umbao stressed out.
In his message Supt. Umbao emphasized love for Ozamiz City saying if people love Ozamiz, ” firstly we want it image be cleaned ; secondly we want peaceful and orderly life and most importantly we want love and peace to start within our own family first”.
PSupt. Cayetano F. Albarico, the deputy provincial director in his message in behalf of the Provincial Director Supt. Dennis Basnge has clarified the laws on securing the lives of the candidates for the May 13, 2013 elections as mandated by the Premier on Security Detail for Candidates.
The S.A.F.E program was culminated by releasing of the white balloons jointly done by the PNP and the different leaders of peace crusader-groups.
According to police record the peace and order condition of Ozamiz is normal. It is only disturbed by bad publicities fabricated by the political opponents of Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez and ABC President Reynaldo Parojinog, Sr. (ESP-PIO-Ozamiz City)