LIGA PRESIDENT VOWS TO REMOVE POLL POSTERS IN BARANGAY HALLS
ELECTION and police officials tear down illegal campaign posters in Iloilo City. (Photo courtesy by Jonathan Sayno)
Liga ng mga Barangay president and City Councilor Maria Irene Ong pledged to remove political posters in barangay halls.
In an interview on Tuesday, Ong said they will start removing tarpaulins and posters of politicians before the start of the campaign period for local candidates on March 29, 2019.
“The banning is on March 29 so before March 29, we will start removing from barangay halls all campaign tarpaulin,” Ong said.
Aside from barangay halls, Ong also vowed to removed political posters outside the designated posting areas authorized by the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) regardless of political affiliation.
Ong also called on barangay officials in the metro to follow the banning period set by Comelec starting on March 29 and remove illegal posters and tarpaulins posted on barangay halls.
Meanwhile, Iloilo City Comelec Election Assistant Jonathan Sayno said they have torn down more than 100 illegal campaign posters and paraphernalia after four Baklas Operations in the metro.
Ironically, Sayno said most of the illegal posters they seized were in the common poster areas designated by Comelec.
“The illegal posters are in the common poster areas,” he said.
According to Sayno, a candidate is limited to one poster only.
Sayno said candidates should each secure their own structures or poles since posting on grills and fences are also prohibited.
But he reiterated that operations on illegal posters of local candidates will only start on March 29.
The campaign period for national candidates started on February 12, 2019 and March 29, 2019 will be the start of campaign period for candidates for local positions.
According to Comelec, prohibited forms of election propaganda include those that are posted outside of common poster areas, in public places or in private properties without the consent of the owner.
In Iloilo City, the Comelec designated the following common poster areas:
- Plaza Libertad (facing J.M. Basa Street) in City Proper
- Plaza Villa (Rizal Street facing police station) in Arevalo
- Plaza Jaro (Rizal Street facing Andok’s Chicken) in Jaro
- Plaza La Paz (facing Huervana Street and police station) in La Paz
- Rizal Street, Barangay Lapuz Norte (in front of RoRo Terminal) in Lapuz
- Plaza Mandurriao (facing police station) in Mandurriao and
- Plaza Molo (Locsin Street facing Consing Mansion) in Molo.