Villanueva camp lambasts Comelec over poster issue

March 17, 2010 10:57 pm 

MANILA, March 17 – The camp of Bangon Pilipinas party has cried foul over the unfair treatment of Commission on Elections (Comelec) in implementing its rules regarding campaign posters and materials.

In a statement, Bangon Pilipinas secretary general lawyer Ted Pascua said Comelec rules are not being applied fairly among all candidates.

“The Comelec should not hit one big billboard and allow the indiscriminate posting of posters along the roads, highways and streets when these postings are not in accordance with the law. The Comelec must treat all unlawful posters and propaganda materials in the same manner. It must not single out one big one and leave small ones untouched,” Pascua said.

He added that the small posters are “more widespread, blatant, deleterious, and violative of the law than one big poster.”

The group’s statement is in reaction to several news stories that came out Tuesday, saying that the Comelec reportedly ordered Villanueva to remove his alleged illegal billboard.

For this billboard, Villanueva may have to face disqualification, reports said. However, as of press time, no official communication from the Comelec on this matter has been transmitted to Bangon Pilipinas.

Along EDSA and other major thoroughfares which are not designated common poster areas, campaign materials of other candidates have been abounding with no one from the Comelec questioning, he observed.

Pascua said the party will comply with the rules on campaign posters as well as all rules and regulations related to the elections.

A big billboard of Villanueva in Quiapo was already dismantled the first time that the Comelec warned of billboards beyond the requisites allowed, he said.

A billboard in Balintawak is still up because it is one of Bangon Pilipinas’ headquarters.

“Hence, we have a huge billboard there,” Pascua said.

“Bangon Pilipinas will comply with whatever legal rules and requirements Comelec is validly mandated to enforce. We trust Comelec will enforce its rules uniformly and consistently,” Pascua said. (PNA) vcs/jmc

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