Director James Jimenez, spokesman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), went around Manila on Wednesday, accompanied by reporters, to check on campaign materials posted in prohibited locations.
As soon as the convoy entered Taft Avenue, coming from the Comelec main office in Intramuros, Jimenez immediately spotted a number of violations.
The stretch of Taft Avenue was teeming with posters of some party-list groups, plastered on concrete pylons and plant boxes under the LRT.
Almost every intersection along Quirino Avenue had streamers and posters of some partylist groups and senatorial candidates.
Even inner streets in Santa Ana, Manila had posters on street signs and electric posts.
Ironically, in designated common poster areas, there were practically no posters.
“Ang concern kasi natin is: Dapat kung saan bawal – na alam na naman nila, matagal na – dapat wala tayong nakikita doon. Kung wala tayong makikita dito sacommon poster area, actually, wala naman bale yon. Ang importante dapat wala doon sa bawal [Our concern is: In probihited areas – which they’ve known for so long now – we shouldn’t see posters. If we don’t see any here in common poster areas, that’s no cause for concer. What’s important is there shouldn’t be any in prohibited areas],” Jimenez told reporters.
He said the biggest violation he came across on Wednesday was a streamer of a party-list poster inside the campus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) – something which he learned about through a report sent to one of the social media accounts of the Comelec.
“Magbibigay alam kami sa eskuwelahan na may ganitong materyal sa loob ngcampus ninyo. I’m sure alam naman nila ito. Iri–remind lang natin kung ano yung mga rules and regulations natin. Kailangan po nating malaman kung bakit nandito yan [We will inform the school that there is such a material inside the campus. I’m sure they know about it. We’ll just remind them about our rules and regulations. We have to know why there’s such a material here],” Jimenez said.
He warned that those who can be proved to have clearly violated the rules on common poster areas would definitely hear from the Comelec within 24 hours. And they had better have a good explanation for the infractions they committed.
By Patricia Ongsiako | Source: Solar News