Mayor Isko strips 'epal' posters off Traslacion 2020 route

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 07 2020 04:06 PM

MANILA - Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Monday ordered the removal of tarpaulins, posters and other printed greetings of politicians for the Feast of the Black Nazarene, saying it diminishes the "solemnity" of the occasion. 

Printed greetings from politicians will be considered as "obstruction," Moreno said in a press conference.

"All your greetings will be considered obstructions. We will tear it down. Walang eepal," Domagoso said in a press conference two days before the Philippines' largest religious procession. 

"Let’s make this solemn, this is not about opportunity," he said.

The policy against "epal" politicians- those who plaster posts and walls in public places with unnecessary posters bearing their faces and greetings- is among changes Moreno has implemented to improve this year's Black Nazarene procession.

The Mayor earlier shortened the Traslacion's route to cut the procession time by half to about 10 hours, from last year's 21-hour event.

Law enforcers in the capital city were also tasked to clear procession routes of parked cars and vendors' carts.