MMDA starts removing illegal campaign materials

ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has started removing campaign posters outside designated areas on Tuesday, the official start of the 90-day campaign period for national bets.

Among the illegal campaign materials they combed through were those scattered along Lacson Avenue in Quezon City.

"Kapag po wala sa common poster area, automatic na pong binabakbak na namin," said Francis Martinez, head of the MMDA Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group.

Even posters of former MMDA chairman and senatorial candidate Francis Tolentino plastered on an electric post were not spared from the clearing operation.

Martinez said he will not hesitate to file charges against candidates who will continue using prohibited campaign posters.

"Kapag wala sa common poster area, pwedeng idemanda. Kaya nga ang ginagawa namin, before, during and after kinukuhanan namin ng picture para mai-submit namin sa Comelec," he said.

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The MMDA will be on the look out for illegal campaign posters in Metro Manila until the election day on May 9.

ABS-CBN's Bayan Mo, i-Patrol Mo (BMPM), meanwhile, also encouraged the public to report illegal campaign materials and "epalitikos" or government officials using government resources or their power/influence to promote their political interests.

Reports may be submitted through the BMPM function of the Comelec Halalan app, which is available for both iOS and Android users.

The BMPM may also be reached through its Facebook Page, Twitter account (@BayanMo), or e-mail: [email protected] -- Report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM

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