Comelec notifies candidates with oversized posters

March 25, 2010 10:09 pm 

MANILA, March 25 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has notified national candidates in the May 10 polls, including six presidential aspirants, to remove their campaign posters, billboards or streamers for not following the allowable size prescribed under Comelec Resolution No. 8758, or the rules on campaigning.

The Comelec Law Department sent individual letters to presidential aspirants Manuel Villar of the Nacionalista Party (NP), Joseph Estrada of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), Gilberto Teodoro Jr. of Lakas-Kampi-CMD, Benigno Simeon Aquino III of the Liberal Party (LP), Eddie Villanueva of Bangon Pilipinas, and Richard Gordon of Bagumbayan, informing them of their oversized posters.

With this, the poll body warned the candidates to remove the illegal campaign materials or face appropriate actions, including possible disqualification proceedings and imposition of appropriate penalty/fine.

The Comelec has given the parties three days upon receipt of the letter to take away the illegal campaign materials.

Aside from not following the size of the posters, the other violation of the candidates is for posting streamers and billboards in areas outside the Comelec common poster areas.

The other national candidates that are expected to receive similar letters are: vice presidential bets Jejomar Binay (PMP), Bayani Fernando (Bagumbayan) and Perfecto Yasay (Bangon Pilipinas), along with senatorial candidates Rey Langit, Lito Lapid, Vicente Sotto III, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Jose de Venecia III, JV Larion Bautista, and party-list groups A Tambay and Bukid.

Also included in the Comelec letter is the photocopy of the oversized streamers and posters displayed in public places. (PNA) scs/FGP/utb

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