Comelec chief to local candidates: You’ve had your fun

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Playtime’s over.

Commission on Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes on Sunday vowed to crack down on erring candidates who continue to flaunt election rules regarding illegal campaigning and illegal campaign materials.

Brillantes said that local candidates were able to illegally post their campaign materials before because the Comelec could go after them only after the start of the election campaign period for local candidates on Black Saturday (March 30).

“You (local candidates) just posted everywhere your propaganda materials even before the start of the campaign period since you (were) not prohibited… It is now our turn to be strict with regards to your campaigning,” Brillantes said, addressing the candidates.

“We have instructed our people to start sending notices to take down illegally placed posters and campaign materials by April 1,” he added.

Under Comelec rules, political parties and candidates may post their campaign materials only in authorized common poster areas in public places and in private places as long as they have the consent of the owner.

Violators can be charged with committing an election offense, which is punishable by one to six years imprisonment, loss of the right to vote, and being barred from public office.

Brillantes said he wanted the notices sent out as early as Monday so that the Comelec could immediately weed out those who refuse to follow campaign rules.

“If they do not follow, we can already start the process (of filing charges against them),” Brillantes said.

Erring candidates are given three days to remove their illegal posters. If they fail to do so, the Comelec would begin filing charges against them.

Up for grabs in local elections are 233 seats in the House of Representatives and the positions for 80 governors; 80 vice governors; 766 provincial board members; 143 city mayors; 143 city vice mayors; 1,598 city councilors; 1,491 municipal mayors; 1,491 municipal vice mayors; and 11,932 municipal councilors.

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  • farmerpo

    WOOOF,,wooof….w o o o o f. Sige kayo rin, ikukulung ko kayo, huh… and posters are all over except in the designated areas. Chow.

  • YoungGen

    Si Cong Aggabbao of Isabela madami EPAL mini-billboards sa mga govt projects dito. Parang pera nya

  • manuel yaptangco

    Ho-hum…here we go again, the Comelec and their cohorts sounding off empty bluster and doing lip service. How about walking the talk for a change, Chairman Brillantes?

  • http://www.facebook.com/vics2009 Victor Samaniego

    May masabi lang si Chairman… subukan niyo kayang rebisahin ang batas para wala ng mga kandidatong gagawa ng bagay na yan dahil marami silang palusot…

  • penoy2012

    Last Holy Week, grabe mga posters at tarpaulins ng mga local candidates. Sobra ang laki, kung saan-saan pa nakalagay. Check ninyo sa national hi-way, from calamba to san pablo to lucena.

  • coladu

    Eh ang National Candidates ang pasiumuno diyan. Si BAM AQUINO ang laki ng poster sa MacArthur Highway sa Tarlac na kunyari “Welcome” sa mga manlalaro sa CLRAA. Pero ang nakalagay dun “Senator Bam Aquino”. Hindi pa siya Senador, eh di natural Campaign Materila iyon.

  • JasonBieber

    Is it safe to say that the Comelec Chief is only referring to non-Team PNoy candidates? Because during these elections it totatally seems like Team PNoy candidates get away will a lot of infractions without any real consequence.

  • Guest

    Good luck kung makasuhan yang si Risa Hontiveros….crony ni Sec. Mar Roxas yan. Imposible kasuhan nila yan. Wish ko lang!

  • Guest

    Trillanes is also a crony of Mar Roxas. Siya ang uto-utong tauhan ni Mar Roxas sa Senado para banatan si Senate Presidente Juan Ponce Enrile.

  • padrefaura

    bluff nanaman. kung meron mang yayariin dyan, mga kalaban ni Pnoy for sure.

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