COMELEC TEARS DOWN ILLEGAL POLL POSTERS
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec)-Iloilo City, Task Force Anti-Squatting and Illegal Structures (ASIS), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) conduct the fifth Operation Baklas on March 8, 2019 at Plaza Libertad in Iloilo City. (Emme Santiagudo)
MORE than three weeks since the start of the 2019 campaign period for national candidates, hundreds of illegal campaign posters were removed from the common poster areas in Iloilo City.
On March 8, 2019, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Iloilo City, together with Task Force Anti-Squatting and Illegal Structures (ASIS) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) led its fifth Operation Baklas Program at Plaza Libertad in Iloilo City Proper.
According to Comelec-Iloilo City Election Assistant Jonathan Sayno, they took down campaign posters outside the designated areas and those that lack frames or structures for their posters.
Sayno added that some of the illegal posters overlapped the designated areas for the political parties of the candidates.
According to Sayno, representatives of national candidates and local candidates were summoned before the start of the campaign period and were assigned to specific poster areas per political party through “fishbowl raffle.”
“We have specific markings and areas for each party and it was determined before the start of the campaign period for national candidates,” he said.
Each political party was given an area of 12 feet by 16 feet where they can erect the frames for their campaign posters, Sayno explained.
Meanwhile, Sayno said that each candidate must have at least one poster no bigger than 2x3 feet or 3x2 feet which must be situated in common poster areas determined by Comelec.
Sayno warned the candidates that they would tear down all sorts of posters by politicians, including those that are promoting products or services but emblazoned by the bets’ photos.
Even if the poster does not bear the word “vote”, Comelec will still tear down these materials.
Sayno said they were able to take down almost 150 illegal posters in the areas of Plaza Liberta, La Paz, Lapuz, and Molo.
In the first four operations, they were able to remove more than one hundred illegal posters of national candidates.
Meanwhile, operations against illegal posters of local candidates will kick off on March 29, 2019.