COLONEL Oscar Lactao, commander of the 303rd Brigade, assured that the Philippine Army will remain non-partisan in the slated May 2013 elections.
Lactao issued this statement after candidates for various elective positions in the province signed the peace covenant last Friday at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City.
Lactao said the Philippine Army is also committed to ensure peace and security during the conduct of the political exercise.
There will be no favored candidates, Lactao stressed.
Earlier, contending candidates for the governorship, incumbent governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. and his former running mate, vice governor Genaro Alvarez, led the signing of the peace covenant at the altar of the San Sebastian cathedral.
The signing of the peace covenant is the initiative of the Joint Peace Security Coordinating Council composed of the Commission on Elections, Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army.
It is geared to get the commitment of the candidates for a peaceful polls.
Only three congressional candidates were not able to affix their signatures to the peace covenant. They are Representatives Jules Ledesma (1st district), Alfredo Benitez (3rd district), and Alejandro Mirasol (5th district) who are all re-electionists.
Benitez is said to be abroad but has relayed through his staff that he will sign the peace covenant when he returns to the country.