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Mayor Honey strongly appeals for candidates not to put posters or tarps in prohibited areas

Honey Lacuna
Mayor Honey Lacuna is calling on all candidates for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in Manila to strictly follow the prohibitions set by the Comelec when it comes to posting their campaign materials. (JERRY S. TAN)

“Sumunod po tayo sa regulasyon para di tayo magkasamaan ng loob.”

This was the urgent appeal made by Mayor Honey Lacuna to all those running in the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) in Manila, as she called on them to strictly follow the rules set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) by placing their campaign materials in allowed designated areas only.

The mayor noted that since the campaign period began, there have been many reported violations being committed by candidates, specifically when it comes to putting posters and tarpaulins in prohibited areas.

“Mahigpit na mahigpit na paalala ko sa lahat ng kandidato, ang dami nang violations committed since the start of the campaign, specifically ‘yung paglalagay ng mga poster at tarpaulin sa mga poste ng ilaw at kable ng kuryente, bawal na bawal po ‘yan,” she stressed.

“Kagaya namin, tumatakbo tuwing tatlong taon, me mga bawal po. Sumunod tayo sa mga alituntunin dahil una, sayang ang ginastos n’yo sa pagpapagawa ng mga tarpaulin dahil tuloy-tuloy ang ‘operation baklas’ ng Comelec at DILG,” Lacuna added.

The mayor went on to explain that all local govenment units, Manila included, have been tasked to remove campaign posters and tarpaulins in prohibited areas and as such, they are duty-bound to follow the said order.

“Alam namin ginastusan n’yo yan kaya mahigpit ang aming pagpapaaalal na ‘wag na po tayong magkabit sa bawal na lugar kasi po ipatatanggal at ipatatanggal po yan sa amin ng Comelec. Tatanggalin po namin yan sa utos ng Comelec…’wag po kayo sa amin magagalit dahil ginagawa lang namin ang aming tungkiln na iniatas sa amin so para di po tayo magkasamaan ng loob, sumunod na lang po tayo,” Lacuna stressed.

During the campaign period of from from October 19 to 28, 2023, candidates are allowed to put up their campaign materials only in designated areas and private properties only.

Comelec spokesman Atty. John Rex Laudiangco said that apart from lamp and electric posts as well as power lines, the other prohibited areas also include the following: trees, publicly-owned buildings, gates or offices as well as electronic announcement boards like LED display boards, LCD monitors, and other government property; government-owned vehicles such as patrol cars, ambulances, and other vehicles which have government license plates; public transportation vehicles owned and controlled by the government such as the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT), Philippine National Railways (PNR) and other types of public transportation; waiting sheds, sidewalks, street and lamp posts, electrical posts, traffic signs, pedestrian overpasses and underpasses, flyovers and underpasses, bridges, streets, center islands in streets and highways; schools, public shrines, barangay halls, government offices, health centers, public structures or buildings; public transportation terminals which are owned and controlled by the government such as bus terminals, airports, seaports, docks, piers, train stations, and other types of terminals.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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