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Comelec to open citizens’ watch vs poll violators

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Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. RAFFY LERMA

MANILA, Philippines – Do you see a candidate violating election campaign rules and regulations? Report it to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and they will immediately check and act on any valid complaints.

“Isumbong mo sa Comelec [Telll it to Comelec],” Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said Friday about an advertisement that would come out before February 12, the start of the campaign period for the midterm elections in May.

“Maguumpisa na ang kampanya sa Febuary 12, kung merong mga violations diyan sa campaign, meron ho kayong makita, isumbong niyo ho sa Comelec at kami na ho ang bahala sa kanila,” Brillantes said, sharing his script in the advertisement.

Some of the violations that he would be watching out for would be incorrect poster sizes, non-placement of posters in common areas, excess airtime limit, among others.

Those who have something to report are not required to provide evidence such as pictures, or videos, and are not even required to personally appear to give their report, said Brillantes.

“Kung gusto magpresenta ng ebidensya, sa hearing na lang. Magsumbong lang, pwede itawag at kami na bahala ichecheck namin at kung may basis aaksyunan natin,” Brillantes said.

“We are simply asking for help from the people to report any possible campaign violations,” he said.

Complainants may report by submitting a letter, sending text messages, calling their office, going to the Comelec office, approaching any of the election officers, provincial election supervisors, or regional directors, Brillantes said, adding, “Comelec is all over the country.”

According to Comelec Resolution 9615 on campaign rules and regulations, election propaganda allowed are:

* Pamphlets, leaflets, cards, decals, stickers or other written or printed materials the size of which does not exceed eight and one-half inches (8 ½”) in width and fourteen inches (14”) in length;

* Handwritten or printed letters urging voters to vote for or against any particular political party or candidate for public office;

* Posters made of cloth, paper, cardboard or any other material, whether framed or posted, with an area not exceeding two feet (2′) by three feet (3′); and

* Streamers not exceeding three feet (3’) by eight feet (8’) in size displayed at the site and on the occasion of a public meeting or rally.  Said streamers may be displayed five (5) days before the date of the meeting or rally and shall be removed within twenty-four (24) hours after said meeting or rally;

Election propaganda are prohibited in the following:

* Electronic announcement boards, such as LED display boards located along highways and streets, LCD TV displays posted on walls of public buildings, and other similar devices which are owned by local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations, or any agency or instrumentality of the Government;

* Motor vehicles used as patrol cars, ambulances, and other  similar purposes that are owned by local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations, and other agencies and instrumentalities of the Government, particularly those bearing red license plates;

* Waiting sheds, sidewalks, street and lamp posts, electric posts and wires, traffic signages and other signboards erected on public property, pedestrian overpasses and underpasses, flyovers and underpasses, bridges, main thoroughfares, center islands of roads and highways;

Schools, shrines, barangay halls, health centers, public structures and buildings or any edifice thereof;

* Public utility vehicles such as buses, jeepneys, trains, taxi cabs, ferries, pedicabs and tricycles, whether motorized or not;

* Within the premises of public transport terminals, such as bus terminals, airports, seaports, docks, piers, train stations, and the like.

The resolution also provides the following provisions:

* Parties and candidates are hereby encouraged to use recyclable and environment-friendly materials and avoid those that contain hazardous chemicals and substances in the production of their campaign and election propaganda.  In local government units where local legislation governing the use of plastic and other similar materials exist, parties and candidates shall comply with the same.

* All propaganda must “bear and be identified by the reasonably legible, or audible words “political advertisement paid for”.

* It is prohibited “to post, display or exhibit any election campaign or propaganda material outside of authorized common poster areas, in public places, or in private properties without the consent of the owner thereof.”

A directory of Comelec field offices can be found at http://www.comelec.gov.ph/?r=ContactUs/NCROffices


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Tags: 2013 elections , Comelec , Elections , Politics , Poll violations , Sixto Brillantes Jr.


  • farmerpo

    Look around. Do you see a (big)poster of a politician with caption ‘Ituloy ang serbisyo sa bayan’ .big picture of the politician, name and 2013. TeamTHISPARTY and picture of all candidates are there. Come to Pampanga,.,…It is not even capmpaign period yet, of course you don’t see the word VOTE. But then again , Johnny is presumed dumb until proven otherwise.
    Better still, publish a number where text message can be sent or best, a dedicated website specifically for this purpose or modify you website to accommodate  complaints. 

    ‘Streamers not exceeding three feet (3’) by eight feet (8’) in size
    displayed at the site and on the occasion of a public meeting or rally.
     Said streamers may be displayed five (5) days before the date of the
    meeting or rally and shall be removed within twenty-four (24) hours
    after said meeting or rally;
    ‘  Very funny!!!!!
    In our neck of t he woods, streamers have been hanging in all streets and public places where people congregate a day after filing of candidacy. And again, no word VOTE.. Johnny of the Cross is presumed DUMB until proven otherwise. he he he 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

      taga QC ka ba kabayan?  :-)  dun kasi kahit tapos na eleksyon hindi na maalis alis ang mga posters at streamers.  wala pang filing of candidacy nagsasabit na rin ng mga posters at streamers nila. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Abdul-Rashid/100004367910013 Abdul Rashid

    The worst violations which  I believe should disqualify a candidate is when they go into vote buying. What would be a citizen’s action. Is the money received by a voter enough to disqualify?
    Brillantes should be clear. Voters  may come forward and turnover cash received as evidence and be serious about it.

    Pag sure bah Brillantes?

  • RJ

    I remember in my hometown, people will line up in a location a few blocks from the polling precincts to be paid for their votes. I wish I was older then so I could have complained about it to the right agency. 

    • farmerpo

       Vote buying is the rule rather than the exception. Here in my hometown, vote buying started  after filing of candidacy. Php500 minimun, Php5,000 max. Guised as educational assistance, merry christmas, and now happy valentines. No one is complaining.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

    According to Comelec Resolution 9615 on campaign rules and regulations, election propaganda allowed are:

    * Motor vehicles used as patrol cars, ambulances, and other similar purposes that are owned by local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations, and other agencies and instrumentalities of the Government, particularly those bearing red license plates;
    * Waiting sheds, sidewalks, street and lamp posts, electric posts and wires, traffic signages and other signboards erected on public property, pedestrian overpasses and underpasses, flyovers and underpasses, bridges, main thoroughfares, center islands of roads and highways;
    Schools, shrines, barangay halls, health centers, public structures and buildings or any edifice thereof;

    bakit kasama ang mga ito sa allowed na campaign materials?  pag aari ba ito ng mga kumakandidato?  ayos ah…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

      Na miss mo lang.
      Ang sabi… 

      “Election propaganda are prohibited in the following:”

      * Motor vehicles used as patrol cars, ambulances….. etc… etc..

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

        thanks for the correction

  • calipso_2100

    Huh? Walang online reporting? Mas madali kaya mag present ng evidence – pic, video using fb.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Last election may ganyan din kaya lang itinatanggi lang ng may pangalan kandidato na sa kanya yung mga election posters na wala sa specs. 

    Isang halimbawa yung bundok sa papuntang Baguio naka-pinta yung pangalan ng ilang kandidatong senators e taon ang binilang bago nawala dahil na din sa ulan at araw.

    Last election namulaklak ng posters yung mga designated areas na dapat lagyan dahil sa isang kandidato naglalagay ng maraming poster at sinasakup ang malaking bahagi. Yung wala ng mapaglagyan either na tatakpan niya yung nakalagay o kaya kung saan na magdidikit. Minsan away pa ng kanya kanyang supporters ng mga pulituku.

    Palagay ko marami magsusumbong pero ang tanung kaya ba ng Comelec i-police ang mga sumbong na darating?

    Kapag hindi makakaya e sa susunod na election wala ng gana ang mga tao at ang pangit na praktis ng mga polituku ay mauulit ng mauulit.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ON7OVYELIEWW7U25MAF7XD36WU Cubano

    HUWAG IBOTO ANG MGA MEMBERS NG POLITICAL DYNASTIES MULA SENATORS HANGGANG COUNCILORS… MAGKA ISA TAYONG LAHAT….

  • Taiko_Kauna

    naku, kaya pa ba ng comelec mag entertain ng mga sumbong? Dapat mag assign na lang siya ng tao na walang gagawin kundi mag ikot, sasayangin pa oras natin. O kaya mag multa na siya o kaya mag paaresto. Unless sa langit siya dumadaan araw-araw, maaring wala siyang makikitang violation. The late Pugo would just simply say to Brillantes, ‘that’s a lot of nonsense’.’

  • http://twitter.com/xxkyugel Neneng brokenhearted

    anu yun,  ISUMBONG KAY SIXTO…

  • KurakotNaPinoy

    Medyo marami kang pwedeng kunan ng picture ng posters ng mga “epals”.

    Sa QC na lang nagkalat yung “Bistek Emergency Response Team (BERT).

  • bogli_anakdami

    unwanted election posters, billboards, cloth streamers are good replacements for my shanty repairs ~ especially the plywoods, dos por dos na kahoy, yero, cloth streamers…

    rainy season is just around the corner…. i need my barong-barong repair before the taypun sison hit my turf…

    if you need to take down those nuisances, call bogli’s basureros/clean-up crew…

    yun lang…

  • http://inquirer.net teofilo manarin

    sna n matuloy na yun……….

  • boybakal

    Comelec to open CITIZENS WATCH vs poll violators…

    Are there Seiko, Bulova, Rolex Watches too?
    Give us a choice not only Citizens’ Watch.

  • fromuniversityofthephilippines

    On other pertinent provisions of Comelec  Resolution 9615 (amended Feb. 1),  such as the 
    right to reply provision, read more by typing in Google search:
    wordpress  marichu

  • jeetkaido

    100% agree ako dito sa citezens’ watch, kasi sa dami ng lugar ng pinas di kaya ng mga “honest na comelec officers” bantayan lahat. Ito ang pagkakataon ang mga tunay na concern citizens ng walang takot magsumbong maski mga comelec officers na nalalagyan mismo ay pweding isumbong. Ang daming nabibigyan ng pera sa mga probinsya para iboto ang mga corrupt politicians.  I-post agad ang mga website, email address, mobile numbers na pweding pagsumbongan kasi ngayon palang ang dami ng violator. Saludo ako sa yo Brilliantes kung may mahuli kang malalaking isda, good luck.

  • disqusted0fu

    What the citizens should do is have a citizens watch vs Comelec. The erring Comelec Chairman up to now still has done nothing to fix the issues about the erring PCOS machines. Instead, he creates a diversion in this citizens’ watch for hopes of people forgetting about the all important problem of the defective PCOS machines.



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