ADMITTEDLY, poll campaign materials, like billboards, posters and streamers, are indispensable during national or local election, which is democracy in action, in the Philippines.
‘But it is important that candidates have to stick to government-imposed rules in posting election campaign posters and advertisements not only in the metropolis but elsewhere.
This is to ensure a level playing field for honest, credible, orderly and peaceful balloting on May 13, 2019, according to the 190,000-member Philippine National Police (PNP).
Deputized for poll duty by the Commission on Elections, the PNP, as a non-partisan agency, is duty-bound to enforce election laws, rules and regulations without fear or favor.
On orders of President Duterte, PNP chief Director-General Oscar D. Albayalde ordered his officers and men to remove all campaign materials from all public offices and facilities.
The Chief Executive from Davao City coursed his order through Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, a former chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The PNP top honcho told the men and women in police uniform not to violate existing laws, rules and regulations that prohibit them from engaging in “partisan political campaign.”
Like the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, the PNP, which is civilian in nature but national in scope, is under the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
What is needed now is for the Filipino people, including the ordinary citizens, to report to the authorities the presence of illegal campaign materials in the community.
Ito ay kung gusto nating matigil na ang panlalamang at panggugulang ng ilang kandidato.