Politicos told: Avoid campaigning during Calungsod Thanksgiving Mass

Posted on November 9, 2012

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POLITICIANS were urged to observe “delicadeza” and avoid campaigninga during the National Thanksgiving of Saint Pedro Calungsod on November 30.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Cebu provincial supervisor Lionel Castillano aired his appeal after hearing reports that several candidates in next year’s elections signified their presence in the event.

We at the Comelec don’t have legal basis to stop them (but) this is a religious event and I hope they won’t use this in their political campaign,” Castillano said in Cebuano.

Cebu City police are finalizing security details for the projected close to a million devotees who will attend the celebration. Among the guests include President Benigno Aquino III and several senators.

 

Senior Supt. Melvin Buenafe, Cebu City police chief, said he hopes a total gun ban will be enforced in Central Visayas before the event.

In his recommendation he asked that Central Visayas observe a gun ban from November 25 to December 2. However this has yet to be approved by Camp Crame.

More than 1,559 policemen, members of the Reserve Officers Training Corps. (ROTC) from various schools, police trainees and anti-crime volunteers will help secure the event./ Correspondents Carmel R. Matus and Chito O. Aragon

 

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