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PIA Press Release
2007/04/11

Biliran candidates still respect Black Saturday in religious Naval town

By Lanie Pitao-Tupaz

Naval, Biliran (11 April) -- As provided in the Prohibited Acts of Section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code and COMELEC Resolution No 7707, Holy Thursday and Good Friday, during the lenten season should be spared from political campaign in respect to the religious celebration of Christ’s sufferings and death.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the national chairman of the Lakas-CMD even called for all candidates to take a hiatus from their political campaigns on Holy Thursday and Good Friday as a sign of their respect to the Lenten Season.

In the religious town of Naval, the capital of Biliran, not a single political campaign jingle was heard from moving vehicles since Holy Thursday, Good Friday and up to Black Saturday.

Though Black Saturday is not included in the provision, the candidates still respected the solemnity of the day as a a yearly tradition of serenity and prayers of the religious people of the town of Naval.

Campaign jingles from moving vehicles and in the different political headquarters were aired again in the morning of Easter Sunday, the day of the resurrection of Christ.

However, some observers noted the transparency of many candidates in places where people are gathered during the Lenten Season such as the church.

Meanwhile, barangays and towns celebrating their annual fiestas expect bigger income from their traditional “curacha” dances since candidates are also swarming in the area. Most candidates voluntarily go to the fiesta celebrations and some even go to the barangay cockpit for popularity and eventually earn more votes from the people. (PIA Biliran) [top]

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