President Rodrigo Duterte is hoping for the “peaceful” observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, which will be somewhat different this year, with Filipinos not allowed to visit their dearly departed in cemeteries on November 1 and 2.
In his public address aired over state-run PTV-4 on Tuesday, Duterte urged the public to keep the observance of All Saints’ Day solemn.
“No liquor, no deadly instruments lalo na ang baril (especially guns), unless you are a military or a police. I expect a peaceful celebration of the All Saints’ Day and the All Souls’ Day,” Duterte said.
“I would just say may you have a safe celebration of the All Saints’ Day and just follow rules. It’s for your own good,” he added.
The government had ordered the closure of all cemeteries, memorial parks and columbariums nationwide from October 29 to November 4 to prevent the transmission of coronavirus disease.
In his previous press briefing, Roque urged the public to visit their departed loved ones before or after the weeklong closure of cemeteries.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines encouraged the faithful to offer prayers to the dead.
All Saints’ Day, which is observed on November 1, is a public holiday.