3 partylist groups face Comelec over illegally posted campaign paraphernalia

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Defense counsel of Piston cross examines the witness of the law department, a member of the Comelec monitoring team that conducted ocular inspections and found illegal posters. MATIKAS SANTOS

MANILA, Philippines — Three partylist groups defended themselves before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc in a public hearing Friday for allegedly violating campaign rules.

Piston, Kabataan, and LPGMA, through their lawyers, heard witnesses presented by the Comelec’s prosecution team who testified to the placement of the illegal posters in prohibited areas.

Piston, Kabataan, and LPGMA are set to present their witnesses in the next session on Monday.

Comelec subpoenaed Kabataan, Piston, and LPGMA over the allegedly illegally posted campaign paraphernalia, which was discovered during the Comelec’s ocular inspection.

Comelec Education and Information Department Director James Jimenez previously said Monday on Twitter that “subpoenas served on Kabataan, Piston, LPGMA today, kicking off the preliminary investigation into their poster violations.”

“Hearing for motu proprio cancellation of poll accreditation of Kabataan, Piston, and LPGMA set for this Friday, March 15,” Jimenez said.

Kabataan partylist was previously issued legal notices for its election propaganda found posted on the center island of Taft Avenue and tarpaulins inside the Polytechnic University of the Philippines campus in Manila.

Several other senatorial candidates and partylis groups were issued legal notices for them to take down their illegal posters.

Comelec has also been receiving reports of potential campaign violations from concerned citizens through Facebook and Twitter.

“If stripped of accreditation, Kabataan, Piston, LPGMA will no longer participate in the May 13 polls. Any votes they get will be considered stray,” Jimenez said in his tweet.

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  • i_am_filipino

    Ban them for life para matuto yan. Pag nanalo yan, corrupt yan siguro

  • Fulpol

    they have meager resources unlike the ANAKBAYAN, a million pesos party list..

  • KonsensyaNgBayan

    Anong klaseng Kabataan yan kung hindi marunong sumunod sa regulasyon ng batas. Ngayon pa lang ay may mga sungay na papaano pa’t pag tumagal at tumanda ang mga iyan. Tama si i_am_filipino alisin sa listahan ang mga iyan Kabataan, Piston at LPGMA nang pang-habambuhay upang tumino at matutong rumespeto sa batas at regulasyon. Ang tatanda na at gusto pa mandin maglingkod sa bayan ngunit wala naman disiplina sa katawan. Kung may natitira pa kayong konting hiya at talino ngayon pa lang umatras na kayo dahil hindi naman namin kayo iboboto at sayang lang ang pera, pagod, laway, at pawis ninyo.

  • JasonBieber

    How does the Comelec decide who gets punished for illegal posters?

    Is it decided by if you are Team PNoy or not? Meaning if you are team PNoy and put up illegal posters it’s ok? But i you are not Team PNoy and put up illegal posters then you will face consequences?

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