W. VISAYAS INTENSIFIES CLEAN POLL DRIVE VIA OPLAN BAKLAS
Commission on Elections personnel under the ‘Oplan Baklas’ remove out-of-place campaign posters in Iloilo City. The Comelec in Western Visayas on Saturday (March 16, 2019) told political aspirants that they should first follow ‘simple rules’ such as abiding designated poster areas. (File photo)
ILOILO CITY — Politicians running for a government seat in the May mid-term elections are reminded by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) 6 (Western Visayas) to first become “followers” by obeying the designated poster areas.
Even though the “Oplan Baklas” continuously takes down posters outside designated areas, Jose Nick Mendros, Comelec-6 regional director, noticed that some politicians are persistent in attaching new materials.
“If you like to be leaders, you should be the first to follow rules. They cannot follow simple rules of campaigning. A leader is a good follower,” he said in a phone interview on Saturday.
Although he failed to provide the exact number of posters taken down in the region, he anticipates that more posters outside the designated areas will be removed.
“It’s up to the voters to decide who among these candidates really deserve to be holding the reins of the government,” he added.
He reminded political candidates to read the provisions of Comelec Resolution 10488 for them to be guided on the conduct of campaign.
“Read the resolution not for the purpose of circumventing it but for the purpose of following it,” he said.
As his first time being assigned in Western Visayas, he asked for the cooperation of the public, government agencies, and the candidates for a clean and honest election.
“We are calling the public in Region 6 to join us in ensuring that the election in this part of this country will be peaceful, orderly and secure for all,” he said, adding that the conduct of the poll “is a shared responsibility of every agency and everyone.” (PNA)