Selective inspection? Comelec reacts to criticisms on crackdown vs illegal posters


Posted at Feb 18 2019 02:44 PM | Updated as of Feb 18 2019 03:09 PM

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MANILA - A list of 40 senatorial candidates who supposedly used unlawful campaign materials only includes residents of Metro Manila, the Commission on Elections said Monday. 

Reelectionist senators Grace Poe and Nancy Binay earlier cried foul over their inclusion in the list released last week, saying it does not tag certain candidates. 

"Malinaw na malinaw na sinabi doon sa dokumento na listahan iyun ng mga pangalan ng mga kandidatong may mailing address sa NCR. Kung hindi naman taga-NCR, hindi mapapasama talaga," Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez told radio DZMM. 

(It was clearly stated in the document that it is a list of candidates whose mailing addresses are in NCR. If they are not residents of NCR, they really won't be included.) 

"Huwag sana nating isipin na kung wala doon, e wala na kaagad violation," he added. 

(Let's not assume that just because someone is not there already means that there was no violation.) 

More names could be added to the list as Comelec collates data from other regional offices, he said. 

Those in list may face an election offense complaint if they would not rectify their violations, he added. 

Comelec earlier said campaign posters have a size limit of 2 by 3 feet and should not be posted outside designated areas or in private property without the owner's consent. 

Binay in a tweet on Friday said the list of violators was "dubious" and did include those with a smattering of posters. 

Poe said that the Comelec list should not be selective. 

"'Wag naman sila mamili na porket hindi nila kami kinakatakutan ay ilalagay nila ang pangalan namin samantalang ang iba na medyo mas, di bale na lang," she told reporters on Monday. 

(They should not be selective and out our names there because we don't intimidate them while those who have graver violations get off.)