No campaigning during Maundy Thursday, Good Friday

April 12, 2022 by No Comments

“TAKE a rest and reflect.”This was the call of Negros Occidental Provincial Election Supervisor lawyer Roberto Salazar on Tuesday, April 12, to local candidates as the entire Catholic community observes Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.Under Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution 10730, it is unlawful for all candidates to campaign during those days, Salazar stressed, adding that political campaigns will resume on Saturday, April 16.When asked about areas of concerns in the province, Salazar said there are no localities added to the list as of Tuesday.The town of Don Salvador Benedicto is under Category 1 of concern, while the towns of Manapla, Toboso, Binalbagan, Hinoba-an, and the cities of Silay, Victorias, Himamaylan, and Kabankalan are under category 2.Under category 1 areas of concern based on Comelec guidelines are those that have intense political rivalry and have a history of election-related violence.For category 2, these are areas of immediate concern due to the presence of private armed groups or communist insurgent groups.Only the towns of Candoni, Moises Padilla, and Escalante City are under Category 3 areas of grave concern which have a combination of the first two first categories.For his part, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson reminded the public to follow minimum health protocols while observing Holy Week.”There’s suspension of (election) campaign activities so let’s also reflect and remind ourselves why we’re celebrating the Holy Week and let’s thank the Lord for giving his life to save us,” Lacson told the candidates.The governor also reminded everyone, “If you’re travelling, drive safely, don’t drink and drive.””Traveling during Holy Week is good for the economy but let’s continue to protect ourselves,” he said.