Comelec bares new list of candidates violating poll campaign laws

March 19, 2010 10:10 pm 

MANILA, March 19 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) released on Friday a new list of national candidates who might be facing disqualification cases if they continue to ignore the laws on campaigning.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said they will be endorsing the videos and pictures of oversized campaign propaganda materials such as billboard and streamers along major thoroughfares to the poll body’s Law Department and the Regional Election Director for appropriate action.

Jimenez said the national candidates found to have huge billboards and streamers are:

* Liberal Party presidential bet Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, along Roxas Blvd. cor Vito Cruz in Manila;

* Administration Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro Jr., along Epifanio delos Santos Ave. (EDSA) southbound;

* Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino standard-bearer Joseph Estrada and his running mate Jejomar Binay, along EDSA- North Ave., PhilAm in Quezon City;

* Bagumbayan presidential candidate Richard Gordon and running mate Bayani Fernando, along EDSA in Cubao, Quezon City and in Shell North Luzon Tollway, Barangay Burol, Balagtas, Bulacan;

* Nacionalista Party presidential bet Manuel Villar and Senator Lito Lapid along EDSA cor. Reliance St., Mandaluyong City;

* Kilusang Bagong Lipunan senatorial candidate Atty. JV Bautista, along EDSA near NEPA Q-Mart, Quezon City; and,

* Administration senatorial bet Rey Langit, in front of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Office along EDSA in Guadalupe, Makati City.

Jimenez said three of the nine presidential candidates have not been reported to have violated the election campaign laws. They are: Jamby Madrigal, John Carlos delos Reyes of Ang Kapatiran and environmentalist Nicanor Perlas.

“We warn candidates to strictly adhere to campaign rules as enumerated in Republic Act No. 9006 or the Fair Election Practices Act and its implementing Comelec Resolution 8758,” he said in a statement.

Jimenez also reminded candidates that they may only post their campaign materials in designated Common Poster Areas and that these materials should also follow the sizes prescribed by the poll body.

Posters should not exceed two feet by three feet while streamers should be no more than three feet by eight feet.

The Comelec official said that they will no longer accept the explanation of candidates that it was their supporters who erected the huge billboards and they should not be held liable.

“They must be reminded that according to the implementing rules of R.A. 9006, a candidate will also be held liable for the violations committed by his supporter,” Jimenez said.

He added that candidates should also follow the size of billboards outside their headquarters.

Under Comelec Resolution 8758, headquarters’ signboard should not exceed three feet by eight feet in size. (PNA)

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