The Commission on Elections, together with the Philippine National Police, spearheaded a nationwide Unity Walk on Sunday, January 13, as election period officially starts.
In Davao del Norte, local candidates from rival political groups Hugpong ng Pagbabago and the PDP-Laban joined the activity where they walked side by side to show their support for a honest, orderly and peaceful May 2019 elections.
Among those who joined the Unity Walk were gubernatorial candidates Rodney del Rosario from HNP and Edwin Jubahib from PDP-Laban.
Fierce rivals Congressmen Tonyboy Floirendo and Pantaleon Alvarez were a no-show as the two are said to be in Metro Manila for the start of their session on Monday.
Congressional candidates Vice Gov. Allan Dujali and Gov. Anthony del Rosario were also absent during Sunday’s event.
After the walk, the candidates also released whited doves to symbolize their adherence and unity to make the mid-term elections as fair and as credible as possible.