Caraga poll bets attend spiritual recollection

The spiritual recollection called for by the Roman Catholic Church-led Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) which is off-limits to media, has drawn more than 100 candidates from different parts of Caraga Region.

A very important Roman Catholic priest who begged not to be identified, claiming he just wanted to work behind the scene, told the Philippines News Agency more than 100 candidates have arrived as of 11:30 a.m. and they are expecting more.

The priest explained that the recollection is off-limits to newsmen so that candidates attending it can concentrate, claiming that with media around, "candidates seemed to be distracted".

A check at the secretariat table revealed 89 candidates so far have registered. A registration fee of P500 was collected from each participant candidate to cover one meal (lunch), snacks and other expenses, the secretariat explained.

Re-electionist Butuan City Councilor Erwin Dano told PNA he is hoping the spiritual recollection will somehow strengthen the spiritual commitment of the candidates for honest, peaceful and orderly elections on May 10.

Earlier in a press statement, the CCPD called on candidates in the five provinces of Caraga Region to undergo "spiritual recollections" on Monday, March 29.

It claimed that with the one-day activity, they hoped that prayers and actions would be inseparable and serve as guidepost to candidates to practice and pursuit the conduct of an honest, orderly and peaceful elections in the region.

Caraga is composed of the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan Del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao Del Sur and the island province of Dinagat.

It has a total of 1,786 candidates vying for different elective positions from councilors to mayors to governors and congressmen who are given a three-year term. (BS/PIA-Caraga)

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