IMG_4240-CAMP GUILLERMO NAKAR, Lucena City – Around 2,000 bikers participated in a synchronized pre-election biking activity in selected cities and municipalities in Regions lV-A, lV-B and V at 6 a.m. today, May 3, 2016. The activity was initiated by the AFP Southern Luzon Command and was aimed to send a message of  commitment of the men and women in the uniformed services together with COMELEC, partner agencies and other NGOs for a Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2016.

The activity, dubbed as “Bike for SAFE 2016” was participated by SOLCOM and subordinate units, PNP, COMELEC, PPRCV, DepEd, DILG, NGOs, other stakeholders. It was simulteneously conducted in Infanta, Quezon; Binangonan and Tanay of Rizal; Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro; Lucena City and Calauag of Quezon; Labo and Daet of Camarines Norte; Legazpi City, Albay ; Virac, Catanduanes and Sorsogon City, Sorsogon.

In Lucena City, AFP Southern Luzon Command Chief Lieutenant General Ricardo R. Visaya with PNP Acting Quezon Provincial Police Director PSSupt Eugene Paguirigan, COMELEC Quezon Acting Provincial Elections Supervisor Atty Dioscoro Pajutan, COMELEC Lucena City Election Officer Atty Ana Mei Barbacena, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Celedonio B. Balderas, Jr. and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting Coordinator Atty Alwin P. Racelis graced the event with messages of hope, unity, peace, fairness for the upcoming May 9 elections.

Only those directly involved for the conduct of SAFE and bike enthusiasts participated in the 35 km route which passed from Camp Nakar, Lucena City – Tayabas City – Pagbilao – Perez Park, Lucena City.

The AFP SOLCOM strictly abides to the non-partisan posture of the organization as well as on every member in its ranks. By doing so, we help maintain the sanctity of the ballots, votes and the entire election process.

“We just want to show the people that we are ready for the elections. We just want it to be peaceful,” said AFP Southern Luzon Command Chief Lieutenant General Ricardo R. Visaya.

For COMELEC Lucena City Election Officer Atty Ana Mei Barbacena, SOLCOM’s Bike for SAFE is one simple gesture of support and commitment that has a great effect on establishing a ‘Fear-Free’ election atmosphere in the communities. She said that the series of initiatives for SAFE would likely contribute to a high voters’ turnout. (SOLCOM-PIO)