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Despite the "epal" ban in cemeteries in Metro Manila, some politicians managed to circumvent the rule by having tarpaulins and streamers with their names and images.

In Makati City, tarpaulins with a local political figure's name were placed at the area outside the Manila South Cemetery, radio dzBB's Nimfa Ravelo reported.
The tarpaulins appeared new and sported the message "Undas 2012" along with the politician's name, the report said.
No campaign material was seen inside the cemetery as of early Thursday morning, however.
Similarly in Quezon City, the Bagbag Public Cemetery had no tarps or streamers with politicians' names inside the premises, but the roads leading to it were lined with tents and tarpaulins with names of local politicians, dzBB's Allan Gatus reported.
Several cemeteries in Metro Manila and Davao City had banned politicians from setting up streamers with their names for this year's Undas (All Saints' and All Souls' Days).
On Wednesday, Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. had warned that free water and snacks at cemeteries, especially if the politician's name is on the items, may be a form of campaigning.
While Brillantes said there is nothing legally wrong with such acts, he said this smacks of shamelessness. –KG, GMA News

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