The celebration of the Panagbenga Flower Festival in Baguio Saturday (March 2) was tainted with politics due to the presence of three senatorial candidates despite a campaign ban imposed by the organizers.
Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos and former senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Lito Lapid mingled with the crowd at the Burnham Park like all was well in the world.
However, they were barred by the Panagbenga’s organizer, the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. (BFFFI), from speaking since the festival wasn’t a political event.
The BFFFI’s rules state that: “No political personalities may join the Grand Parades in any form or manner, except for incumbent local officials of the city of Baguio, from the present serving congressman, mayor, vice-mayor, councilors and barangay captains, and chairpersons.”
A report published Sunday (March 3) by the Philippine Daily Inquirer said a water bottle “barely” missed Revilla during his interaction with the festival goers, an indication that they weren’t happy by his and his fellow candidates’ presence.