Comelec exec notes campaign rule violation at Team PNoy rally site


MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has already seen several violations of campaign rules and regulations on the first day of the official election campaign period and it expects more reports to come in from the poll body’s people’ initiative.

Comelec Education and Information Department (EID) Director James Jimenez told reporters Tuesday that some of the violations they have seen were around the area of Plaza Miranda, Manila where Team PNoy will hold their proclamation rally led by President Benigno Aquino III.

Posters were seen attached to electric posts and many had exceeded the allowable poster size, Jimenez said. Many posters have also been placed on the plant boxes along the sidewalks, he added.

He however said that they “expect a lot of [campaign] material to proliferate” since the rally will be held there. But Jimenez warned that all those election propaganda have to be taken down 24 hours after the rally or else they will receive a formal notice from the Comelec.

The proclamation rally of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) set in Cebu will also be closely monitored by the Comelec for any possible violations.

Jimenez urged the public to report to the Comelec any violations they see through their website, or by reporting it through their twitter account @COMELEC and using the hashtag #SumbongKo.

They have already received at least 10 reports from the public as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jimenez said.

“We expect the reports to come in trickles at the beginning as people are trying out the new [reporting] mechanism,” he said.

Jimenez said that they have a staff of 10 administrators working from 8am to 8pm to monitor the reports coming in from various social media as well as television and radio advertisements.

He reminded that all forms of election propaganda, including product endorsements, are prohibited outside of common poster areas established by local government units.

Government vehicles, public utility vehicles, electricity posts, barangay (village) halls, trees, billboards, are just a few examples of places where there should be no election propaganda.

The official election campaign for national candidates begins Feb 12 and will last 90 days up to election day.

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    • 3Heat0

       ARREST KAaGAD? Criminal case???

      • magiting78

        Pagbigyan mo na…hnd p ata nakaka pag aaral ng Bill of Rigths hehehe…

  • 12JEM

    Kasi, kayong mga taga-Comelec ang dami ninyong mga rules and regulations na mahirap namang ipatupad at mahirap makahuli ng mga violators and kung mahuli naman ay mangilan-ngilan lamang na di naman nabibilaanggo.

    In other words….Be Practical…Be Realistic…Huwag kayong mga Engot!

  • Ken

    Gawa; hindi salita, COMELEC.

  • COmelack

    puro kayo dada COMELEC kung wala rin kayung magagawa wag na ninyung i dyaryo o i post pa sa internet bwisiet!!!!!

  • COmelack

    puro kayo dada COMELEC kung wala rin kayung magagawa wag na ninyung i dyaryo o i post pa sa internet bwisiet!!!!!

  • zeroko

    The fault on why candidates blatantly violates the COMELEC code is they talk so much but no action. The mere fact that Commssioner Sexto Brilliantes conceded that “There is no election violation on pre-campaign because there is no enabling law yet,” has open the floodgate of HELL. Labu-labu na, anything goes in campaigning. He hehe. And in that case, Let me introduce myself.  I’,m Henry Samonte an Independent Mayor Candidate here in Q.C. I campaign through the internet since last week outside the scoop election rule and campaign period for the following reason. First, internet has not yet been touch by Comelec. So I blog individual potential voter of Q.C. Then, I send hundreds of letter to the different organizations in the entire Q.C. I;m not a rich guy. Every time my wife sees me bring out two thousands or more in my pocket, she moan like a wounded cat. Let’s accept it, candidacy is too expensive to an ordinary citizen. You throw money like it is out of style. But, frankly I just have few thousands, he heh eh. against the mighty political machinery of Mayor Herbert Bautista. which is funded by the millions of pesos, just hope it didn’t come from tax money.

    The Mayor can win without even trying. All he does is flood Q.C. with cash. Secondly, you may not believe it, but, in the last May 2010 election, he did not even campaign. All he did was … you know what. The entire Barangay Council are his propaganda machinery. The Barangays were supplied with a stretchable ladder to put implace the tarpaulin of their boss. The ladder is a double bladed sword. At the same time, the ladder is use to bring down the tarpaulin of the opposition. Galit na galit ang isang Mayor Candidte when he discovered that 200,000 of his tarpaulin just disappeared.  He spend millions for it. Mike Dfensor’s tarpaulin were all dump on the creek, neatly arrange. And the ladder of the Barangay was on top of the tarpaulin. This is how dirty election is. 

    The City Councilors are also doing their dirty trick. They order the Barangay council member to install their campaign materials. The loyalty of Barangay officials are with the City Councilors who are directly in-charge of them otherwise, no share of IRA, or internal revenue allotment. Q.C. was flooded with Bistek tarpaulin in the last May 2010. He hehe. All I can do is stand alone Commonwealth Ave. and watch as thousands of tarpaulin, some 4 times the official size posted on private homes. The thing is, this could not have happened without the connivance of the Barangay Council members. They convince private home owners, some with threat to allow Bistek’s tarpaulin installed in their fronts. He hehe. But, I am undaunted. While I spend few thousands, the other two Independent Candidates is not aware of my strategy. I got the copy of all accredited Civic ORganization here in Q.C. With just one letter, writing my agenda to each leader will have a telling effect. Naturally, he will spread out the news that an Independent candidate wrote them. Such an honor. Perhaps, it might be able to offset the  bribe money circulating around. At least there are still some decent citizen who will make a conscience vote, unlike the C and D group, the poor and very poor who are receptive to bribes. They are in fact the determiner of who will win in an election. There are thousands and thousands of them. As the saying goes, it is easier to corrupt an empty stomach more than a full one. HE hehe. Bahala na! Fight.

    Nakalimutan kong dumalo sa “peace pact held this afternoon. Sayang!

    Actually, Barangay Council members being a government agency vilates the COMMELEC Code that no government public servant should help or influence the outcome of the electiion. In short, no campaigning, no stealing of opposition’s tarpaulins.Ang hirap, who will stop them. Daming perang kumakalat tuwing election. And I found out when I check hte COA or Commission on Audit that elective official gets cash advance, another violation because elective officials are prohibited, according to COA to draw cash advances. He hehe. Millions ang involve. Would you believe, P210 million pesos has not yet been paid back on the cash advances? He hehe. Talo ang mga tax payers dito sa Q.C. Bastusan na! Kapalmoks ang mga boss sa City Hall. Mga guapo at guapito bukud sa mga mga matalino, marami ang mga abogado, kaya lang, ganoon din, bastusan na. No body gives a heck with the ELECTION LAW.

  • zeroko

    Itong si Jimenez, dapat tali-an na ang dila nito. He talks so much as though it is the real thing. Na memorize niya ang mga terminology ng Smart matic PICOS machine, yaon pala palpak. He hehe. Sayang na naman ang billons of pesos ni juan dela cRuz. Habang ang pangkaraniwang tao ay walang pera, ang gobyerno natin, puro waldas. Just imagine, our President, PNoy use to receive a measly P60,000 a month. He hehee. Pang bluff lang yan. Ang tutuo, this year, 2013, he has got 1.3 billion pesos pork barrel, the biggest in history of our country. O, daang matuwid pa ba yan? Sound out, kung daan matuwid yan. Expect that PNoys campaign is well funded. Marami ang pera dahil, nagkikindatan lang si PNoy at si Abad ng DBM o Department of Budget and Management. Diyan galing ang pera. Puro approve, bahala nang gumawa ng fake na reciept, basta, tuloy ang ligaya sa kampanya ng mga Yellow, ang Lberal Party. Dream team yata ang tawag nilang mga Senator line ups. He hehe. Kawawa ang UNA ni Binay, na indiyan nila Chiz Escudero, si ni yuong babae, tapos, hindi ko alam ang pangatlo. Sila, ang mga invited guest of both parties, ang UNA at LP invited guest, nasa Cebu. He hehe. 

  • JasonBieber

    Team PNoy having a violation means nothing to the Comelec because it’s not like they will do anything about.

    Rules are but mere words to President Aquino…they are nothing to follow.

    If the Comelec already hasn’t done anything about the very important faulty PCOS what more this little small infractions…they’ll be ignored with a slap on the wrist.

  • disqusted0fu

    Okay… But what is the Comelec going to do about it? They couldn’t do anything when Pnoy wanted to be exempted from the gun ban, what more on campaign rules? Campaigning seems to be extra important for Pnoy, rules and regulations will not stop him and his supported party from doing what they want. But for other candidates, rules will be strictly implemented for sure.

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