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4 Senate, 8 party list bets warned on posters

Reynaldo Santos Jr
Posted on 02/22/2013 10:01 PM  | Updated 02/22/2013 10:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday, February 22, issued warnings to more senatorial aspirants and party-list groups reported to have violated rules on posting campaign materials.

The latest notices brought to 4 the number of senatorial candidates who have been asked to take down either oversized or or inappropriately placed tarpaulins and posters.

Party-list organizations that were similarly notified now number 8, with some of them receiving such notice for the third time.

Some were identified through a notice released by the poll body’s law department, while some were announced by Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr via Twitter.

Those indicated in the February 22 notice of inappropriate posting of campaign materials were:

Senatorial candidate

  • Risa Hontiveros

Partylist groups

  • Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA)
  • Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (BUHAY)
  • 1 Joint Alliance of Marginalized Group (1JAM)
  • Piston Land Transportation Coalition (PISTON)
  • LPG Marketers Association (LPGMA)

The law department said a poster of Hontiveros was found outside a Comelec-designated poster area in Dumaguete City.

“Our people on the ground are still locating and verifying it. It's quite difficult for us because the exact place wasn't identified in the notice,” Hontiveros told Rappler.

Not included in the formal notice, but mentioned by the poll chief on Twitter, was independent senatorial bet Ed Hagedorn. His illegally-posted campaign material was said to have been spotted along Osmeña Boulevard in Makati City.

Hagedorn told Rappler that he was suprised by the news since the material was displayed at his headquarters. Nevertheless, he said he will have the poster removed.

Comelec Resolution 9615 states that campaign materials are allowed to be posted in the candidates' headquarters, except for "streamers not exceeding 3 feet by 8 feet in size displayed at the site and on the occasion of a public meeting or rally."

Before this, the Comelec had warned senatorial candidates Teodoro Casiño & Sonny Angara.

Brillantes announced more violators via Twitter:

Brillantes thanked the public for all reports they had sent to the poll body regarding campaign violations. He warned candidates of more notices in the coming days.

The candidates are given 3 days upon receipt of the notice to take down their unlawful campaign materials. Otherwise, the Comelec will initiate election offense charges against them, which may lead to their disqualification. –

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