House Speaker Martin Romualdez (Speaker’s office)
“Act with civility, restraint, and respect for one another.”
House Speaker Martin Romualdez issued this appeal to Filipinos on Sunday, Oct. 29, on the eve of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE).
“We implore all candidates and their supporters to act with civility, restraint, and respect for one another. The true strength of our democracy lies in our ability to peacefully choose our local leaders,” he said in a statement.
Romualdez, leader of the 300-plus strong House of Representatives, underscored the need for an orderly and peaceful conduct of the village and youth polls.
“Our barangays serve as the foundation of our nation’s governance. It is crucial that these elections take place in an atmosphere of tranquility and respect for the rule of law,” the Speaker said.
According to the House leader, a safe and secure electoral process is essential to protect the rights of all citizens.
He also said that every eligible voter should have the opportunity to cast their ballot without fear of intimidation or violence.
“The security of the electoral process is essential to prevent any undue influence, manipulation, or discrimination,” said Romualdez, who represents Leyte’s 1st district in the House.
“When voters can cast their ballots without fear of intimidation or violence, it upholds the very essence of democracy – the idea that every citizen’s voice is valued and every vote is equal. This level playing field is the cornerstone of a just and representative democracy,” he noted.
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