LOOK: Local, national pols place tarps in Binondo on Chinese New Year
MANILA, Philippines — Various campaign materials of politicians gunning for local and national posts in the May midterm elections were spotted in different parts of Binondo, Manila on Tuesday, during the celebrations for the Chinese New Year.
Tarpaulins bearing the names and photos of former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go and Maguindanao 2nd District Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu were placed along Quintin Paredes St. and Ongpin St.
Go and Mangudadatu are running under the PDP-Laban slate, the political party of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Meanwhile, banners of local politicians including Manila mayoral candidates Alfredo Lim and incumbent Mayor Joseph Estrada were also seen along the streets of Manila’s Chinatown.
The Omnibus Election Code considers premature campaigning as an electoral violation, but a Supreme Court (SC) decision on a complaint against a local politician from Mindanao has practically allowed early campaigning due to a loophole in the law.
According to SC, political aspirants who have filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) are not deemed official candidates before the campaign period starts. /muf
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