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More PNoy, UNA bets warned on propaganda

Reynaldo Santos Jr
Posted on 02/25/2013 6:43 PM  | Updated 02/25/2013 10:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Shortly after it notified the administration for slate campaign materials that violated posting rules, the poll body sent warning to more individual candidates of Team PNoy and the opposition United Nationalist Coalition (NPC) for similar violations.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr posted on his Twitter account later afternoon Monday, February 25, the names of additional senatorial candidates with oversized and inappropriately displayed campaign materials:

Comelec Resolution No. 9615, which lists down this year's campaign rules, prohibits the following:

  • posting of campaign or propaganda materials “outside authorized common poster areas, in public places, or in private properties without the consent of the owner”;
  • posting of campaign or propaganda materials that exceed 2 feet by 3 feet;
  • campaign headquarters signboards exceeding 3 feet by 8 feet.

With the latest set of notices, the Team PNoy slate has now received the most number of warnings to individual candidates. This is apart from the notice sent to the whole slate for an illegal poster bearing the group's photo.

Last week, 4 senatorial candidates were already given notices regarding violations on posting campaign materials. These candidates were Risa Hontiveros, Ed Hagedorn, Sonny Angara, and Teddy Casiño.

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

Even party-list groups

Brillantes also tweeted the names of groups that have violated the rules on campaign materials:

Kabataan has already obtained 3 notices last week.

Also warned last week were:

  • Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA)
  • Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (BUHAY) - 3 notices
  • 1 Joint Alliance of Marginalized Group (1JAM)
  • Piston Land Transportation Coalition (PISTON)
  • LPG Marketers Association (LPGMA) - 3 notices

These candidates and groups 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.

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

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