Politi­cians barred to cam­paign in Panag­benga

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LO­CAL of­fi­cials and or­ga­niz­ers of the 24th edi­tion of Panag­benga pop­u­larly known as the Baguio Flower Fes­ti­val warned na­tional can­di­dates and their sup­port­ers they will not be al­lowed to cam­paign along the pa­rade route to en­sure or­der­li­ness in the con­duct of the fes­ti­val’s ma­jor events.

Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan said na­tional can­di­dates will be al­lowed to join the float and street danc­ing pa­rade but will not be al­lowed to break the line just to shake hands the peo­ple in the crowd and dis­trib­ute their elec­tion para­pher­na­lia as it will serve as a de­struc­tion to the smooth flow of the pa­rades.

“We want the pres­ence of na­tional can­di­dates in the two ma­jor flower fes­ti­val pa­rades for them to avail of the huge crowd that will be wit­ness­ing the said events but they should strictly ad­here to the pre­scribed rules and reg­u­la­tions in the con­duct of the said ac­tiv­i­ties to en­sure or­der­li­ness and pre­vent the un­nec­es­sary in­ter­rup­tion while the said events are un­der­way,” Do­mo­gan stressed.

The grand street danc­ing pa­rade will be sched­uled March 2 while the grand float pa­rade will be con­ducted March 3 where thou­sands of for­eign and do­mes­tic vis­i­tors are ex­pected to fill up the pa­rade routes to wit­ness the dy­namic per­for­mances of the street­dancers and the flower-dec­o­rated floats.

An­thony de Leon, gen­eral man­ager of the Baguio Coun­try

Club (BCC) and cochair­man of the Panag­benga Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee, claimed or­ga­niz­ers do not want a re­peat of pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ences where there were can­di­dates who joined the pa­rade and de­fied the rules and reg­u­la­tions as some of them broke the line and shook hands with the crowd while walk­ing along the pa­rade routes which re­sulted to the de­struc­tion of the smooth flow of the pa­rade from its point of ori­gin to its point of des­ti­na­tion at the Baguio Ath­letic Bowl.

De Leon added sup­port­ers of can­di­dates are not pro­hib­ited to dis­trib­ute elec­tion para­pher­na­lia to the crowd but the same should be done in an or­derly man­ner so as not to de­struct the at­ten­tion of the peo­ple in view­ing the par­tic­i­pants to the twin pa­rades.

He ex­plained that co­or­di­na­tors of can­di­dates who get in touch with the or­ga­niz­ers re­gard­ing the rules and reg­u­la­tion cam­paign­ing dur­ing the twin high­lights of the flower fes­ti­val are re­minded of what should be ob­served that is why or­ga­niz­ers re­main op­ti­mistic that can­di­dates will not break the line when they de­cide to join the two pa­rades.

Panag­benga is the only fes­ti­val in the coun­try in­cluded in the elite list of fes­ti­vals in the dif­fer­ent parts of the world that com­prise the In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­vals As­so­ci­a­tion.

De Leon ap­pealed to in­ter­ested na­tional can­di­dates and their sup­port­ers who want to join in the con­duct of the two ma­jor flower fes­ti­val pa­rades to co­or­di­nate with the Panag­benga Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee so that they will be pro­vided with the rules and reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing the cam­paign­ing dur­ing the du­ra­tion of the pa­rades for them to be in­formed on the im­por­tant things to re­mem­ber so that they will not be crit­i­cized by the view­ing pub­lic for not ad­her­ing to the guide­lines that have been im­ple­mented for the said pur­pose.

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