Politicians told: No 'epal' during Undas

Posted at 10/29/12 9:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines — Here's some friendly advice to politicians from the Catholic Church: don't use All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day to campaign for the 2013 elections.

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

"It's not proper. We should respect the real intention of Undas which is for the faithful departed," Quitorio said in a report on CBCPNews.

The CBCP official said politicians should not put up posters, streamers and other campaign materials in cemeteries.

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 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.