The bet with most violations is…

Paterno Esmaquel II
Risa Hontiveros gets the most number of Comelec notices for illegal posters

MOST NOTICES. Senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros gets the most number of Comelec notices for campaign violations. Photo by Don Regachuela

MANILA, Philippines – Risa Hontiveros, who runs under the administration ticket, has committed the most campaign violations among Senate bets, Commission on Elections (Comelec) chair Sixto Brillantes Jr said Monday, March 4.

The Comelec has sent her 4 notices for alleged violations of campaign rules, Brillantes said through his Twitter account @ChairBrillantes. 

In a text message to Rappler, Hontiveros said she will issue a statement on this on Tuesday, March 5.

The runner-up among senatorial candidates, according to Brillantes, is another administration bet, Sen Antonio Trillanes IV. The Comelec has sent him 3 notices so far.

Brillantes added that among party-list groups, the Comelec has sent the most number of notices – 4 – to the groups LPGMA and Kabataan.

He said the Comelec will send notices to and summon more candidates in the coming days. “I (was) not joking when I said candidates/party-list groups will be disqualified/cancelled if campaign rules will be disregarded,” the poll body chair explained. 

On Monday evening, Brillantes said the Comelec has also sent notices to the following senatorial candidates:

  • Sen Loren Legarda

  • Sen Gringo Honasan

  • Bro Eddie Villanueva

  • Rep Jack Enrile

  • Sen Chiz Escudero

  • Bam Aquino

  • Tingting Cojuangco

The following party-list groups have also received or will receive Comelec notices:

  • Binhi

  • 1 Bro-PGBI

  • Umalab-Ka

  • Kalinga

  • 1-Sagip

  • Katribu

  • Abroad

  • Sanlakas

  • Anak Mindanao

  • Gabriela

Comelec Resolution No. 9615, which tackles this year’s campaign rules, prohibits the posting of campaign or propaganda material “outside authorized common poster areas, in public places, or in private properties without the consent of the owner.”

The Comelec bans the posting of campaign materials on electric posts, among others. (See downloadable infographic below.)

The Comelec has vowed to charge – even disqualify – violators who fail to remove illegal posters even after receiving an official notice. –

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Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at