Comelec going after illegal campaign posters

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 12 2013 07:47 PM | Updated as of Feb 13 2013 03:47 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Commision on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes on Tuesday said the poll body will most likely start cracking down on illegal campaign posters during the weekend.

Brillantes explained that even though the official campaign period began Tuesday, they will only start issuing notices to remove today as well.

Candidates have 3 days from receipt of notice to remove the illegal posters.

Brillantes said they have already monitored some violations committed by party-list candidates.

He urged all candidates to refrain from using illegal posters, adding they will be asked to remove them anyway.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez earlier said the poll body monitored campaign posters beyond the allowed sizes and placed on electric posts along Quezon Boulevard, Manila, near the venue of  tonight’s kick off rally for Team PNoy.

Jimenez, however, said there is leeway within the due process of the Comelec considering the kick-off rally.

“They’re gearing up for a big rally today. In that environment, we’re liberal about that. We expect maglalagay sila ng posters,” he said.

He explained that materials on the occasion of a rally are given some leeway though they have to be taken down within 24 hours after a rally. Failure to comply will merit charges for an election offense.

He said they also monitored possible violations along España Boulevard in Manila.