Ejercito braves ‘epal’ tag, to hear Luneta Mass

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DESPITE the warning of the Church to politicians to stay away from events attended by Pope Francis, Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito on Friday said he plans to hear a scheduled Mass of the pontiff at Quirino Grandstand at Luneta (Rizal Park) on Sunday.

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Ejercito noted that he will attend the Mass not as a politician but as a Catholic. He said he will not call attention to himself and stay away from the stage.

Just like millions of Filipinos, the senator said he too, wants to get a chance to see the Pope even from a distance.

“I don’t think that attending the Mass on Sunday is “epal.” We are also Catholics and a believer of God,” the senator pointed out.

Epal comes from papel (paper) and is used to mock those who seek the limelight for personal or political reasons or motives.

Church officials earlier appealed to politicians to “stay away” from activities of the Pope during his apostolic visit.

Also on Friday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) was lauded for the peaceful and orderly conduct of papal events during the first two days of the Pope’s visit.

“Even though thousands went to the motorcade route, the Pope’s travel had been peaceful,” Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd said.

“We should commend the PNP for a job well done. Everybody helped each other to ensure the success of the Pope’s visit.” Roxas added.

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