Bets reminded: No campaigning on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday


MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded candidates that campaigning is prohibited on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday of the Holy Week.

Comelec Education and Information Department Director James Jimenez told reporters in a press conference Monday that campaigning is understood as “all activities related to getting votes or opposing the election of another [candidate].”

“Just to be on the safe side, candidates should really just rest on Good Friday [and] reflect on their choices, like the rest of us,” Jimenez said.

Good Friday, March 29, is also the start of the campaign period for candidates for Members of the House of Representatives, regional, provincial, city and municipal officials.

Jimenez said that Comelec will be going around on Good Friday to continue the campaign against illegal election propaganda.

“We are already marking out areas in Metro Manila that we know are full of those materials, and once the campaign period starts, we can go there immediately and if they are still there we can send the notices [to take them down] immediately,” Jimenez said.

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  • mad_as_Hamlet

    Why should there be such a prohibition? Does it also cover Muslim and other non-Christian candidates? Is not the prohibition against the principle of the separation of church and state? Is not the prohibition a form of “respecting” an establishment of religion?

  • Manuel_II

    Why BAN, not everyone are Roman Catholics, nor practicing the faith. duh

  • Himura Kenshin

    Considering that majority of our countrymen are Catholics, I think it’s just fair for Comelec to give respect and impose such prohibition for just two days.. Candidates still have plenty of time after this.. Remember, even our gov’t declare holiday in respect of Eid celebration by our Muslim brothers.

  • TheComplainer

    but isn’t govt activity secular in nature?why ban only for catholic holidays?what is the logic?how about INC holidays? Muslim holidays? 7th Day Adventist holidays?

  • JasonBieber

    Well if you are Team PNoy then you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, and however you want.

    Do the candidates even listen to the Comelec?

  • disqusted0fu

    Since when did the candidates ever obey Comelec??? There have been many citations of violations by different candidates especially by team Pnoy, but Comelec just would not dare penalize the candidates in fear that they will also be penalized by Pnoy. They are just turning their backs on the violators just like they are turning their backs on the problems of the PCOS machines.

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