MALACAÑANG on Tuesday warned that authorities stand ready to tear down unauthorized publicity materials that may be placed by politicians or businessmen during the visit of Pope Francis this week.
In a press briefing, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said “epals”, (scene stealers) should not use the event for self-promotion, warning that there are assigned government agencies who will rack down and remove these materials.
“‘Yung ibang mga naghahangad na maging prominente din ang pagkakilala sa kanila, mas mainam siguro na pumili na lang sila ng ibang okasyon,” Coloma said.
Last weekend, several “epal” tarpaulins containing the name of a popular soft drink brand and a local village chief were reported to have appeared in Manila along the expected route of the pontiff’s motorcade.
The Department of Public Works and Highways said its personnel will immediately remove the posters and streamers.
According to Coloma, no politician or business entity should take advantage of the Pope’s visit to pursue their interests.
“Mainam po na sa pagdalaw ng Santo Papa, ang pangunahing pokus at sentral na atensyon ay matutuon mismo sa Santo Papa,” he stressed.