LOOK: Candidates’ illegal campaign posters taken down

Sofia Tomacruz
Government workers from the DPWH, MMDA, PNP, and Comelec take down the illegal campaign materials to prevent danger to lives and properties

ILLEGAL TARPAULINS. Campaign paraphernalia of former presidential assistant and now senatorial candidate Bong Go are dismantled by a team from the Comelec, the PNP, and MMDA on February 28, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – With the 2019 campaign period for national candidates in full swing, government workers have started taking down illegal campaign posters obstructing roads and national highways.

Government workers from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Metro Manila Development Authority, Philippine National Police, and Commission on Elections (Comelec) launched the Baklas Billboard Program on Thursday night, February 28. 

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the nationwide program aims to prevent danger to lives and properties by taking down candidates’ tarpaulins and election materials that were illegally put up along major thoroughfares. (READ: #PHVote: Campaign rules for 2019 midterm elections)

According to the DPWH, employees from its Northern Mindanao office removed over 1,000 campaign materials that were “right of way encroachments,” as defined in Presidential Decree Nos. 1096 and 17.

DPWH Central Luzon said it also started taking down illegal campaign materials. It denied reports that DPWH workers were supposedly seen installing campaign materials.

TAKE DOWN. Local government workers start early to remove illegal campaign posters all over Quezon City during their Task Force Tear Down on Friday, March 1, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NOT ALLOWED. Campaign posters that violate rules are taken down by government workers. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

HAZARD. Posters that pose as hazards to commuters and residents are dismantled. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

HAZARD. Campaign posters placed in illegal areas are taken down to prevent danger to lives and properties. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

– Rappler.com 

Sofia Tomacruz

Sofia Tomacruz covers foreign affairs and is the lead reporter on the coronavirus pandemic. She also writes stories on the treatment of women and children. Follow her on Twitter via @sofiatomacruz. Email her at sofia.tomacruz@rappler.com.