Politicians told: No campaigning in cemeteries

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MANILA, Oct. 28, 2012— A Catholic Church official has urged politicians to respect this year’s observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days by not using the occasion for politicking.

Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, media office director of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said that “Undas” is for the faithful departed and not for “epal” politicians to gain political mileage.

Since it is not campaign period, he called on aspirants of the 2013 elections to spare cemeteries of their posters, streamers and other campaign materials.

“It’s not proper. We should respect the real intention of Undas which is for the faithful departed,” Quitorio said.

Asked if parish priests can take off tarpaulins and other campaign paraphernalia inside cemeteries, the priest said it is already up to the ‘conscience’ of the politicians.

“Normally it’s not priests that control the areas. Our point is that ‘epal’ is not right,” he said. “It’s up to their (politicians) conscience.”

Thousands of people are expected to troop to various cemeteries on November 1 and 2 to visit the graves of their departed loved ones. (RL/CBCPNews)

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