Brillantes unaware of order to DPWH to remove posters


Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Monday expressed surprise the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) was removing illegally placed campaign materials from public infrastructure throughout the country—or at least trying to.

The Inquirer contacted Brillantes by phone Monday morning to ask about the DPWH campaign against posters, tarpaulins and other propaganda materials posted outside Commission on Elections-designated common areas.

An Inquirer story Monday dwelt on the DPWH drive to remove campaign posters, streamers and other propaganda materials from public infrastructure like national roads, bridges and buildings nationwide, and its difficulty in finding success.

DPWH Region IV Director Huilio Belleza had expressed concern for the safety of public works personnel who remove the offending campaign materials.

“They could get killed by the politicians or their followers,” he had said.

Call for joint teams

He also called for joint Comelec, DPWH and Philippine National Police teams to undertake the removal of the propaganda materials.

Reacting to the story, Brillantes said the DPWH “can’t just remove campaign materials.”

He said DPWH field personnel were “not deputized, not authorized” by the Comelec to take down offending materials.

“Why will we deputize them?” he said.

He had apparently forgotten about two Comelec resolutions—9598 and 9615—which mandate a ban on illegally posted campaign materials.

The resolutions, issued on Dec. 21, 2012, and Jan. 13, 2013, respectively, were signed by Brillantes and Commissioners Rene Sarmiento, Lucenito Tagle, Armando Velasco, Elias Yusoph, Christian Robert Lim and Grace Padaca.

The Inquirer obtained copies of the resolutions from the DPWH and Comelec public information offices.

Under Resolution No. 9598, the Comelec deputized over a dozen government agencies, including the DPWH, “in connection with the conduct of the May 13, 2013, national and local elections.”

It says “the DPWH and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) shall assist the commission in removing and tearing down all unlawful election materials and perform such other duties and functions as the commission may prescribe from time to time.”

It also says “the DPWH, as well as the MMDA, shall provide facilities and/or equipment necessary for the tearing down of illegal propaganda materials.”

Create task forces

On the other hand, Section 24 of Resolution No. 9615 calls for the “creation of task forces to tear down and remove unlawful election materials.”

The task forces—each composed of a Comelec officer as chair, a PNP station commander as vice chair and a third member from a deputized government agency like the DPWH—are tasked with “tearing down and removing campaign propaganda materials posted in public places outside the common poster areas, and to monitor and watch for persons posting or distributing unlawful election paraphernalia and to arrest persons caught in the act.”

Needed as evidence

Brillantes said DPWH personnel could only “pinpoint to us which ones are not posted in Comelec-designated areas… If you’re referring to campaign posters and streamers, we need them as evidence (of violation of the ban on campaign materials posted outside designated areas).”

Brillantes said “there’s a procedure. We give (erring candidates and their supporters) a three-day written notice to remove their campaign materials.”

“If they don’t follow our directive, then we charge them,” he said.

But he said he would call up Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson to inquire about the DPWH drive against illegal campaign materials.

Belleza had complained that as soon as DPWH personnel tore down offending campaign materials, candidates’ workers put them up again the next day.

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  • CheapJ

    I would rather have them removed than wait for Comelec’s go signal. I doubt if Comelec can have the manpower to go after all the violators.

    • ewankosayo

      hinihintay pa kasi ni brillantes matapos ang eleksyon bago tangalin ng comelec ang mga posters..kasi ang iba dun sa LP…

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  • ddano

    Si sixto pumirma sa Comelec resolution 9598 at 9615, tapos nayon sabi nya hindi daw siya aware for the order(deputizing gov’t agencies including the DPWH) to remove illegally-placed campaing posters. Hoy sixto are you aware na napatae ka na sa salawal mo?

  • EdgarEdgar

    Sixto the white-haired clown is unaware of many things. He praised Lanto to high heavens only to realize that Lanto’s life is riddled with scandals and cheating. But feigning unawareness or ignorance is also Sixto the white-haired clown’s way of stonewalling. By pretending not to know of any issues with his questionable PCOS machines, Sixto the white-haired clown has readied his magic source code and magic flash chips to do the magic on election day. Sixto the white-haired clown will go down in the annals of pop-culture history as the magician who pulled off the greatest electronic sabotage and electoral fraud. Kudos to Sixto the white-haired clown.

  • Loggnat

    It is not looking good for the COMELEC and Sixto, the brilliant one. He seems to sign things that he did not read at all. :)) The lack of cooperation and communication is a tell tale sign of incompetence and/or at least of disorganization. I think the voters expected a whole lot more from the COMELEC. The COMELEC is the lead department in the enforcement of the two Comelec resolutions—9598 and 9615 and it seems that the leadership is missing or at least severely lacking.

  • Olaf

    “as DPWH personnel tore down offending campaign materials, candidates’ workers put them up again the next day.”

    This only shows the impunity of politicians in breaking the law. This year, I hope Congress would pass the “Kill a corrupt politician Day” bill into law. Or a milder version of “Ship corrupt politician to Scarborough Shoal” law.

  • kismaytami

    Ang tanong, kaya bang tanggalin ng DPWH pati ang mga poster ng partymates ng kanilang amo?

  • jack_bagbaga2011

    have pity on the man, ulyanin na yon tao, ano ba kayo!

  • Putakte Naman

    Maging alerto! papataypatay o bobo!!!!! bulok ka!!! kurap!!!! Me sinusunod kang alituntunin papataypatay kapa!

  • javy

    This guy is unbelievable. Forgetting his own instructions!

  • Dancing Bear

    “They could get killed by the politicians or their followers,” – quoted from the article. Well in retrospect, the COMELEC does have a point. It is dangerous. I suggest the COMELEC regulate the printers then.

  • generalproblem

    ano kaba naman mr chairman tinutulungan ka na nga eh. siguro nag hihintay ka ng bayad dun sa naglagay ng tarpulin. pag nagbayad exempted pag hindi tanggalin. ang problema sa gobyerno natin andaming mga bats na pinapalabas di naman maimplement at yun na nga nalimutan pa. kakahiya tong mga ito. dapat talaga ang nasa gobyerno ay mga engineers hindi lawayer kasi sa kanilang walang tama o mali. sila yung “O”. ang engineer either “tama” o “mali” lang

  • disqusted0fu

    Whether aware on unaware, it would not make any difference with Brillantes. He has been well aware of the problems of the PCOS machines and its source code since 2010 but has done nothing to fix it. He actually denies it and focuses on these petty problems.

  • JasonBieber

    Who knows who’s in-charge and what’s really happening inside the Comelec? Even the Administration at times lacks some organization. The Comelec can;t even get the PCOS machines right and candidates aren’t even listening to their warnings about illegal posters so it will one confusing election this May 2013.

  • Batang Altura

    sira talaga itong si Brillantes siya na nga tinutulungan nagrereklamo pa. kung Comelec lang ang aasahan walang mangyayari, wala daw krapatan ang DPWH samantalang may MOA sila, uliyanin na ito baka pwedeng i-impeach na ang matandang ito..

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