BACOLOD CITY - The controversial "Team Patay, Team Buhay" tarpaulins are now kept inside the Museo Diocesano de Bacolod, the museum of the Diocese of Bacolod.
Rev. Felix Pasquin, rector of the San Sebastián Cathedral, said the Diocese decided to place the tarps inside the museum shortly after the Supreme Court decided in favor of the church last January 2015.
"It now belongs to the museum as it is already part of history," Fr. Pasquin said.
The SC affirmed its decision to let the tarpaulins remain saying the message the tarps carry is part of the church's social advocacy.
The SC stood firm on its finding that the Commission on Elections has no power to regulate the free expression of private citizens who are neither candidates nor members of political parties.
The resolution rejected the Comelec's argument that the petitioners --- the Diocese of Bacolod and former Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra -- should have sought relief with the poll body first and not directly with the SC.
The tarpaulins were first put in place during the 2013 mid-term elections, with the Team Patay tarpaulin bearing names of candidates and party-list groups that favored the Reproductive Health Law.