ESCALANTE City Mayor Melecio Yap Jr. vowed to follow the peace pact, which he forged with Vice Mayor Santiago Barcelona to achieve a clean and peaceful election in the city.

Yap said he never had any intentions to derail anybody's political intentions in Escalante, adding that at the end, "it's the people who will decide who's going to be their leaders."

Earlier the Philippine National Police (PNP) Western Visayas Regional Command declared the city as one of the election hot spots in the region following fears that bloodsheds due to political-motivated happenings

had struck Escalante.

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Reports have it hitting Yap and Barcelona as could be behind the hostilities.

Both Yap and Barcelona are known political rivals in the city who are actually are running as mayoralty candidates.

Yap, meanwhile, clarified that he is a fair man that loves peace, and that the recent pact he and Barcelona had agreed to sign before the bishop of the Diocese of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental last month will be

followed with all of his intentions.

The mayor also asked his political critics and opponents to stop throwing any allegations on him, when it can't be supported of any legal documents.

Barcelona has been tagging Yap to be behind the killings on his political supporters and leaders in the city, which Yap strongly denied.