Cops tear down illegal campaign materials

Bernard M. Banac

A TOTAL of 245,716 pieces of illegal and misplaced campaign posters and materials have been removed or torn down as of last Friday by the police in the presence of Commission on Elections representatives since the start of the election period, Philippine National Police spokesman Colonel Bernard M. Banac announced yesterday.

“This is part of our campaign against unlawful and misplaced campaign materials as ordered by PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde in line with our mandate as deputized agents of the Comelec,” said the PNP spokesperson.

Banac said that since the start of the national and local campaign period, PNP agents nationwide have already conducted 12,616 operations nationwide to remove and tear down illegal and misplaced campaign materials.

The number of illegal and misplaced campaign materials were removed in the following areas: National Capital Region- 5,226; Region 1 - 11,259;  Region 2 - 12,482; Region 3 - 21,734; Region 4-A-18,358;  Region 4-B-  3,646; Region 5 - 36,885; Region 6 - 17,942; Region 7 - 16,233; Region 8 -  9,690, Region 9 -  9,705; Region10- 31,041;  Region11-  17,736;  Region12-  9,552; Region13- 598; Cordillera- 10,950; and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao - 12,679.

However, Banac said that despite the police crackdown, new unauthorized posters and campaign materials continue to sprout and appear in places where they are not allowed by Comelec.

“Thus, we urge and call upon all supporters of candidates to obey the Comelec rules on proper placement of campaign posters and materials to maintain discipline and order in public places,” he said.

We also commend all those who follow the rules and have voluntarily removed or transferred their posters and campaign materials to the proper and authorized places designated by the Comelec,” Banac added.