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BFF execom says 'strictly no politicking' in Panagbenga 2010

by Redjie Cawis

Baguio City (23 January) -- The Baguio Flower Festival Executive Committee will not allow politicians to campaign during the Panagbenga celebrations especially during the grand parades.

BFF chairman Anthony De Leon announced'strictly no politicking' for aspiring candidates for the May 2010 elections during the Panagbenga. He said they will allow politicians to join the Float Parade only on February 28 but with several guidelines with respect to their participation.

Candidates who wish to be part of the float parade are required to provide their own float in accordance with the float specifications and parade guidelines of Panagbenga 2010.

De Leon added that the number of people aboard the float is only limited to ten individuals only. People in the float should also be in costumes and must be keep up with the theme of the Panagbenga Float Parade.

Bodyguards, escort vehicles and other personal assistants are not allowed to accompany the politicians on the float.

Stickers, posters and other campaign materials are not allowed to be displayed as part of the float design aside from the company name or logo that should be rendered with flowers and other natural materials, De Leon added.

Distribution of flyers and other campaign materials and throwing of any object from the float is strictly prohibited. Politicians are also cannot go down the float and shake hands with the crowd.

De Leon said politicians should comply with the guidelines set by the BFF and if any politician fails to do so, he will be peacefully ejected from the parade.

During the recent Sinulog Festival in Cebu, they suffered set backs during their street parade because of politicians campaigning and we do not wish that incident to happen in our Flower Festival, De Leon added. (PIA) [top]

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