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Cops not allowed to take down campaign posters

(Characterize courtesy of Comelec)

MANILA – Police officers might maybe well unruffled now not be serious in regards to the elimination of illegally placed campaign provides and posters which would be the sector of the ‘Oplan Baklas’ of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Friday.

Sa trusty na pagtatanggal at pagbabaklas (ng campaign provides), malinaw po ang tagubilin sa atin na dapat ang PNP po ay exiguous lamang sa pagbibigay ng safety assistance sa miyembro ng process power (As for the actual operations on taking down campaign provides, we now hold got a clear rule that the PNP’s feature is handiest exiguous to offering safety assistance to contributors of the duty power),” PNP spokesperson, Col. Jean Fajardo said in a radio interview.

Fajardo modified into as soon as regarding the duty power on “Oplan Baklas” in every house which is chaired by the election officer and co-chaired by the chief of police.

This came amid viral photos of law enforcement officers taking down campaign provides in Echague, Isabela.

Fajardo said the matter has reached Camp Crame and is now underneath investigation.

Pagpapaliwanagin po ang kanilang rapid supervisors (Their rapid supervisors will be requested to reward),” she added.

She also assured that PNP personnel who will be stumbled on to hold violated the present protocol on the matter will be reprimanded, if now not penalized for his or her actions.

Present an explanation for strategies on campaign posters

Within the meantime, Partido Reporma similar outdated-bearer Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and working mate Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said the Comelec might maybe well unruffled elaborate its strategies on campaign posters and hold more unprejudiced correct and life like regulations within the bustle-as much as the Could well 9 nationwide elections.

In their traditional “Meet the Press” forum Thursday, the Lacson-Sotto tandem specifically requested Comelec to reward its tips on the dimensions of campaign posters and their placement inside private property, and diverse permissible moves in these first elections held underneath a world pandemic of Covid-19.

Although the ballotphysique said it would steal down some posters and billboards inside homes or on private properties posted with the permission of their owners, Lacson said it’s a ways going to also present a issue towards the rights of the electorate who merely need to explicit their enhance for a explicit candidate.

“Property ko ito, maski anong gawin ko rito, ‘wag lang ako makakasakit ng ibang tao. Bakit mo pagbabawalan? Kung ‘yung private property ko nilagyan ko ng kanyon na nakaubang, nakakapanakot, ‘yun pwede managot ‘yung might maybe well-ari ng bahay o ‘yung private property. Pero [‘yung] innocuous na sabihin na nating tarpaulins o maski ano, I mediate they might maybe well unruffled revisit that (Right here is my property, I will be able to attain what I please with it, so long as I don’t damage somebody else. Why gained’t you streak away it? If I place menacing cannons on my property that dismay others, maybe then the house owner or private property owner would be liable. But something as innocuous as tarpaulins, I mediate they might maybe well unruffled revisit that (regulation),” he added.

Sotto said Comelec’s present statements that it would relieve candidates accountable for such infractions had been colossal threats and would be feeble by their political opponents to undermine them or hold them disqualified.

The 2 also took the similar role with Comelec’s diverse campaign regulations, much like candidates now not being allowed to shake hands, steal photography, and in every other case mingle with their supporters in campaign sorties.

Sotto said it’s a ways laborious to be pleased if candidates are in hazard of disqualification by performing these acts, which would be now not prohibited by laws, while diverse contenders are overtly violating diverse regulations.

Lacson also believes it’s a ways impractical to bag a allow from the ballotphysique for every activity a candidate makes, especially if it would now not cause any main peril to the overall public, much like passing by or visiting public areas.

The Lacson-Sotto duo said since they declared their candidacies final September 2021, their campaign has strictly adopted Comelec’s strategies in guaranteeing a obtain and magnificent campaign duration.

Along with they told the Comelec to penalize and hold an instance of candidates it thinks violated well being protocols while campaigning to place in power correct equality with their regulations. (PNA)

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