Number of illegal campaign posters down—Comelec

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Illegal campaign posters. Thanks to the “anti-epal” campaign, the number of illegally posted campaign materials has noticeably gone down this year, according to the Commission on Elections. PHOTO BY MATIKAS SANTOS/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Thanks to the “anti-epal” campaign, the number of illegally posted campaign materials has noticeably gone down this year, according to a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said Thursday the number of illegal posters was significantly lower this year compared to the number in the 2010 presidential elections.

“If you go around Metro Manila, even the side streets, there are fewer (illegal posters) now. At this point during the campaign (in 2010), the whole underpass of Quiapo (in Manila) was already plastered with posters,” Jimenez said. “Now, you don’t see any. There are a few but, on the whole, no ‘wall papering’ is happening. Everywhere you go, you see a big difference from 2010.”

Jimenez attributed this to the backlash on “epal” politicians, a popular coinage that refers to those who put their names prominently in announcements of public projects or in posters.

“We really had a strong backlash against the ‘epal.’ Ever since the ‘epal’ campaign gained traction, we were telling (politicians), ‘You know your happy days are now over,’” he said.

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  • generalproblem

    dapat pagbawal na talaga yan para mapilitan mga kandidato na magpunta sa lugar at mangampanya. pwede lang dapat sa tv, radio at newspaper para walang basura

  • Wency Gutierrez

    Parang napapansin ko, ang pinakamadaming illegal posters ay KABATAAN Partylist. Sino ba ang mga ito??

  • Itneg

    ang problema @generalproblem:disqus kung tv, radio, at newspaper lang eh ang makakapagkampanya lang ay mga may pera. wala na talagang pag-asang mahalal yung mga kandidatong tapat at mahusay pero mahirap.

  • Anqui

    Please use the INTERNET to bring down Dynasty Candidate…like Enriles, Estradas/Ejercto, Binays, and all those running for local offices. 

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