The Commission on Election (Comelec) clarified in the press briefing on Friday that not only election candidates would be imprisoned if they put illegal campaign posters but their supporters as well.
According to James Jimenez, Comelec Spokesperson, there are instances election candidates don’t know their supporters volunteered to place campaign materials even if they are prohibited.
Even so, with or without consent under the Omnibus Election Code posting of illegal campaign materials is an election offense both parties would be imprisoned up to six years and would face disqualification from public office.
Moreover, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is determine to seize those who will be caught in the act of attaching illegal campaign materials on banned areas.
NCRPO chied Director Guillermo Eleazar admitted no one has been caught for posting illegal materials yet although the authorities will continue to search for violators.
There would be a Metro Manila-wide crackdown on February 28 (Thursday) to detach all the illegal campaign materials. Comelec, together with the police, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) expect the candidates and their supporters to take down the illegal ads as soon as possible.