BAGUIO CITY – For the candidates running under the banner of the Liberal Party (LP) A-1-Baguio Democratic Alliance (BDA), it is truly “one for all and all for one” when they signed a covenant declaring their unity for the entire campaign period in the upcoming May 2016 local elections.
Led by Baguio Rep. Nicasio M. Aliping Jr. the LP A-1/BDA promised to work to keep the unity they have already nurtured.
It was observed in past elections that council aspirants start adopting an all-for-myself attitude especially in the last weeks of the campaign periods. This is what the LP A-1/BDA team would like to discard in their team up.
Aside from Rep. Aliping, who will seek reelection, the line-up consists of Councilor Isabelo Cosalan, who is running for the vice mayoral seat, incumbent city Councilors Joel Alangsab and Leandro Yangot, seeking reelection, and councilor candidates Joseph Cabato, lawyer Ronald Perez, Arthur Allad-iw, architect Mylen Yaranon, Engr. Virgilio Orca Jr., and Rudolfo Paraan.
“In our words and actions we will faithfully and conscientiously abide by the rules and regulations of the Liberal Party and commit our loyalty to the party,” the nine vowed during a covenant signing ceremony held Monday morning after they filed their certificates of candidacy at the regional office of the Commission on Election (Comelec).
They likewise promised to “campaign for every team member of our party at ipinapangako naming walang iwanan and o avoid unethical behavior and bad-mouthing fellow candidates.”
They also bound themselves to “do our utmost best to preserve and maintain unity, teamwork, and harmonious relationships within our party and be sensitive to the feelings and needs of our party mates.”
Rep. Aliping said the covenant is one of the improvements he caused to be instituted in the local LP because council candidates from other parties and alliances usually leave behind their party or alliance members during the homestretch of the campaign period.
“I have seen this happen when I was still running for the city council. This is a horrible practice because it only shows that winning a seat in the city council is more important than maintaining party unity,” Rep. Aliping said./Carl C. Taawan