DILG Reminds Politicians, Supporters That They Are Still Allowed for to Hold Political Rallies
The Department of Local Government (DILG) reminded the politicians and supporters that political rallies are still not allowed amid the crisis.
According to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, political rallies have been prohibited owing to the possibility of the new coronavirus illness (COVID-19) variant Omicron. He stated that special gatherings will be permitted only with the authorization of the local government unit (LGU) and in compliance with all health procedures.
“Bawal pa po ang mga political rally. Hindi pa po campaign period. We have been seeing [aspirants] for both national and local positions staging political rallies here and there, which gather hundreds if not thousands of people,” said Año.
“We cannot put our guard down. The Omicron variant has already reached many countries and it’s only a matter of time before it reaches us,” Año added.
On the other hand, Año urged politicians, their political parties, and supporters to avoid holding nationwide rallies that draw large crowds because they have the potential to turn into “super-spreaders.” He explained that only caravans and motorcades are permitted because physical distancing is monitored and only lasts a short time.
“Naka-monitor ang mga kapulisan sa mga caravan or motorcade at sinisiguro nila na may physical distancing, hindi katulad sa mga political rally na mahirap ikontrol ang mga tao,” Año said.
Meanwhile, Año stressed that all sorts of gatherings must be in accordance with operational capabilities, basic public health requirements, and if allowed by LGUs under the Inter-Agency Task Force’s rules (IATF). On February 8, 2022, the campaign period for national post candidates will begin. Meanwhile, candidates for local elective positions will begin campaigning on March 25, 2022.
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