By Leslie Ann Aquino
Tarpaulins of candidates, who will be running in the May 2019 elections, will likely abound anew at cemeteries, greeting those who will be visiting their dearly departed on All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days.
That’s why this early, the Commission on Elections is issuing an appeal to aspirants not to take advantage of the occasion by refraining from this practice.
“(Let’s) Avoid those Happy Undas,” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said during the Tapatan forum in Manila, Monday.
“We all know that, those running, they do take advantage of every single social event imaginable,”he added.
Jimenez urged aspirants to do something useful such as providing road side assistance to those going to the provinces.
“Instead of coming out with tarpaulins with their faces on it wearing costumes why not give road side assistance to people going to the provinces. You know make it relevant. Make it useful,” he said.
However, the poll official admitted that they cannot do anything to stop would be candidates from engaging in premature campaigning.
“We cannot stop them from engaging in premature campaigning but we are appealing to their delicadeza,” said Jimenez.
Based on Republic Act No. 9369 “any person who files his Certificate of Candidacy shall only be considered as a candidate at the start of the campaign period”.
The campaign period for those running for national posts will be from February 12, 2019 to May 11, 2019, while that for local positions will be from March 29, 2019 to May 11, 2019.