Holy Week is known as a week of reflection and atonement. In the Philippines, the week is commemorated by people showing their sacrifices in their own little way, from public reenactment of the life and death of Jesus to whipping themselves as they parade on the streets.
This year, it just so happened that the campaign period for local government officials started on a Holy Week. However, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has issued an order that anyone campaigning during Holy Week can be disqualified. The campaigning can officially start on March 27, Easter Sunday.
But what happens when a candidate for the local government elections publicly commemorates Holy Week?
Apparently, netizens take a public commemoration as a “hidden agenda” when you’re a public official. This happened to Iloilo mayor Jed Mabilog, who is running for another term this election season.
The Liberal Party candidate was photographed carrying a cross in public during the Lenten commemorations. Many netizens did not react so kindly to his actions, saying it was just a tactic to gain people’s sympathy for votes.
While it is natural to assume, netizens are advised to give the benefit of the doubt, especially since it’s Lenten season. The good mayor might just be sincerely commemorating the occasion, like everyone should be.
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