PNP Eastern Samar
leads stakeholders in “Unity Turn”
By ALICE NICART (PIA Eastern
March 29, 2010
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – The Eastern Samar Provincial Philippine National Police
Office (PNP) recently led the province’s stakeholders in the call to help the
Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in holding an honest, orderly and
peaceful elections come May 10.
The “Unity Turn” cum
Covenant Signing went more inspiring with the attendance of His
Excellency, Bishop Crispin Varquez of the Borongan Archdriocese with
Rev. Fr. Juderick Calumpiano, and a few more young priests with their
The dark of dawn with
the participants all in sports get ups, partly blinded many spectators
so as to fully recognize who was who. In particular, Bishop Varquez
was mistaken for a high ranking military officer, that he was greeted,
“good morning, Sir!”, and his graciousness, the “Sir” returned the
warm greetings just as well; also, education supervisors looked like
high schoolers and the army engineers as though they were young boy
scouts. In general, the ambience was very casual, ordinary and very
But more than the
physical appearances, what was more interesting was every ones’
aspiration for an effective and efficient first time ever automated
After invoking for
God’s presence and blessings in a short prayer which was led by Fr.
Calumpiano, a 10-minute warm up was executed by all the participants
with SPO2 Edwin Docena who exercised like a diligent P.E. teacher, and
despite the cracking joints as evidence of age, majority of the
participants enjoyed as they breathed deeply the morning air until
With the religious men
in their midst, the policemen, soldiers of the Philippine Army, Army
engineers, employees of DepEd, DILG, BJMP, Bureau of Fire, COMELEC,
NAPOLCOM, PIA, DYES and Kurbada Riders went out the
PNP Camp and joined the “Unity Turn” around Borongan City
which ended at the Borongan Plaza where a short program and covenant
signing took place.
In his message,
PNP-08, Deputy Director/PCSUPT Drusillo Bolodo informed the
participants that the “Unity Turn” emanated in Camp Crame with PNP
Chief Jesus Verzosa who led the game, “to showcase their vision for a
peaceful elections”. Bolodo urged the stakeholders to help COMELEC for
the success of an upcoming political process.
“We might come from
different places and we might speak different dialects but we only
have one prayer, and that is for a peaceful and credible election.
dili mausik ang ato mga paningkamot (hopefully our efforts won’t go in
vain) and we can do this by teamwork”, Drusillo added.
likewise told the stakeholders that as Christians they are also
committed to help the COMELEC as he also encouraged one and all to not
only being “maka-Diyos, makakalikasan but also being makabayan
(pro-God, pro-environment and pro-people).
Officer, Atty. Butch Bautista was glad at the turn out of participants
for the peace covenant signing.
For his part, PSSupt
Felixberto Castillo was all smiles at the success of his initiated
peace effort in the province…he thanked most especially Bishop Varquez
and company, DRDA Bolodo and the other local stakeholders.
everybody present to affix their signatures in the tarpaulined
agreement. The ff. chiefs of office joined in the signing: Mrs.
Judith Boco, DepEd Assistant Supt.; Mrs. Lydia Loyola, DILG; JSI
Benben Catudio; FSI Rodrigo Almaden; Atty. Lorenzo Reago, NAPOLCOM;
Col. Jaime Hidalgo, 14th IB Cmmdr; COP Rose Mambulao of Borongan City
and SPO3 Perfecto Mambulao, HPG.