Take down early campaign posters, Comelec tells bets

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Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Candidates vying for seats in the Senate and House of Representatives have less than 20 days to remove their names and faces from the sides of buses and other vehicles, as well as from public places, or risk disqualification and a jail term of up to six years.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday reminded candidates for national posts that, under the law, election propaganda that is prohibited must be removed before the start of the campaign period on Feb. 12.

As for candidates for local government positions, they have more than a month to comply with the law as the campaign period for the local elections starts on March 30.

Under Comelec Resolution No. 9615, which lists the rules and regulations implementing the Fair Election Act, all prohibited forms of election propaganda shall be removed by the candidate or party concerned or they will be presumed to have committed an election offense.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said illegal forms of propaganda included names, images, logos, brands, insignias, color motifs, initials and other forms of identifiable graphical representation placed by candidates on a public structures or places.

Campaign posters and banners mounted on government vehicles, public buses, jeepneys, trains, taxis, ferries and tricycles, and those placed on the premises of public terminals, also constitute an election offense punishable by disqualification from holding public office, a prison term of one to six years and loss of the right to vote.

“We are issuing this call to all candidates: Please remove all prohibited forms of election propaganda before the start of the campaign period. Failure to comply constitutes an election offense,” said Brillantes.

In an interview on the sidelines of a Catholic Media Network forum on Tuesday, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the poll agency would issue a two-week notice to candidates to give them ample time to comply with the campaign rule.

He said the commission would strictly monitor compliance through task forces to be set up in every town and city in the country.

“The election officer in every town has the power to create a task force so the monitoring will primarily fall under them… the EOs will ultimately have the responsibility to make sure [the rule is complied with],” Jimenez told reporters.

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  • brunogiordano

    Disqualify na lang agad.

    Tapos ang usapan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlotmii Carlo T. Magno II

    how about senatoriables with TV commercials?
    they have 30 seconds exposure almost every commercial break on primetime,
    it’s still campaigning though they are not saying “VOTE FOR ME”
    so far, last jan.21 around 7pm in GMA, ito mga nakita ko, 1. Cynthia Villar, 2. Sonny Angara 3. Tingting Cojuangco  4. Migz Zubiri

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q44WFP7HTON4ZBYFABS6FEPEBI diemhang

    parang tanga lang ah

  • concern_netizen

    Angara is raiding the airwave!!!  Pa Epalan na

  • anthony_decastro

    disqualify na lang agad. di dapat mai-upo sa gobyerno ang taong di marunong sumunod sa batas.  wala syang karapatag magpatupad ng batas kung sya mismo ay hindi sumusunod dito. 

    kandidato pa lang e…saklap naman talaga….

  • Hey_Dudes

    This is truly unbelievable.  Did the country allowed the creation of a COMELEC so it can suppressed the Filipinos by not allowing them the tool they can use to evaluate candidates vying for national positions?

    I can’t wait for this COMELEC to issue it’s warning for candidates not to show their faces anywhere during the campaign period.  They will be disallowed to show their faces on newspapers, televisions, town fiestas no where.

    This is all fine and s’well if it will make the voting clean, honest and credible. Instead of putting their efforts into making the voting process clean from all distortions, they dwell on silly exercises.

  • Janch

    Ideputize mo na lang ang lahat ng pilipino na pwedeng magtanggal ng posters sa public places.

  • kismaytami

    mr. brillantes, ano yan suggestion? May nakulong na bang epal politicians dahil sa premature campaign? Bakit monitoring lang pinagagawa mo sa mga election officer? Hindi ba pwedeng utusan mo ang mga election officer na sila mismo ang mag-tanggal ng mga epal posters?

  • Your_King

    Empty commands backed with empty non-existent threats. Let’s see if this really happens…and if it doesn’t if there will even be any consequence. The Comelec enjoys making a lot of noise with soft activity possibly to deflect any talk on the faulty PCOS machines that are not scanning ballots properly. This has been a long ignored problem that has yet to be resolved by the Comelec. 

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