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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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‘Remove illegal campaign materials’


Bacolod Election Officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia reiterated her appeal to all local and national candidates to remove their campaign materials in Bacolod City, particularly those posted on trees and electrical posts.

Majarucon-Sia said she was reminded by Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon to coordinate with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, as well as the Central Negros Electric Cooperative regarding the violations committed by the candidates.

She reminded them to remove their campaign materials especially on trees and on electrical posts because this violates DENR laws and laws covering electrical posts, she said.

Guanzon also reminded them about campaign materials, since the campaign for national candidates will start on February 12 and that of local candidates on March 29, Majarucon-Sia said.

They were asked to reach out to the supporters of the candidates to follow the guidelines that require the sizefor campaign materials to be only 2 feet by 3 feet, she said.

Majarucon-Sia recalled that there was a Supreme Court decision in relation to “Team Patay, Team Buhay” that does not impose restrictions on the size of the tarpaulin when posted in a private place. In its decision, the SC declared that the tarp is not campaign material so they can exceed 2x3 feet. But if it is placed on private place or building, it should only be 2x3 feet, she said.

Since the campaign for local candidates will start March 29, the Comelec has no jurisdiction over them yet because they are not yet considered candidates under the Automated Election Law. So she only requested them to remove their campaign materials, Majarucon-Sia said.

But while they have no violation with the Comelec, their campaign materials posted on trees and electrical posts, are in violation of the DENR Law and on laws covering electrical posts. She is therefore asking the candidates to remove them, she said.

Majarucon-Sia said the candidates should also be reminded to secure permits form the city. She hopes the Permits and Licensing Division will require them to secure permits when they post campaign materials, especially along the main thoroughfares of the city.

If they are seeking public office, they should be law-abiding citizens and should set examples, she said.*


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