The Commission on Elections in Lapu-Lapu City has torn down illegal campaign posters of candidates in the city. It will now be a twice a week activity, Lapu-Lapu City Comelec officer Benz Dayondon declared. “Basta ang ato ron mu-round ta two times a week Monday and Friday para masiguro gyud nato nga matuyok ang tibuok Lapu-Lapu,” Dayondon told reporters who tailed him yesterday afternoon.
Dayondon’s group which was escorted by Lapu-Lapu City cops riding on their mobile patrol vehicle tore down most posters of senatorial candidates however as the local candidates were given a grace period to correct their violations. Lapu-Lapu City election registrar Ranier Layson met with the representatives of Team Deretso of Mayor Paz Radaza, Pajo Barangay Captain Junard Chan and Engr. Rolando Patalinjug and agreed that they be given until April 12 to adjust.
Mayor Radaza is running for congresswoman while her husband Arturo is seeking to replace her. Chan and Patalinjug are running against Arturo, a former Mayor himself and Congressman. The tearing down of illegal campaign posters is in line with the “Operation Baklas” being ordered by Comelec headquarters in Manila.
In a memorandum, Cebu Provincial Election Supervisor Jerome Brillantes reminded the candidates that posters should only be posted in common poster areas and in private properties with the consent of the owners. Those considered illegal are posters that are in schools, waiting sheds, sidewalks, terminals, lamp posts, highways, flyovers and anything that is a public or government property.
Barangay halls can be used but Brillantes told the candidates that it should not be posted in the building itself but in structures that candidates should construct on the ground outside of the barangay hall. It is also illegal if the posters or tarpaulin would not follow the prescribed sizes. Posting of illegal campaign posters is considered an election offense but to date, nobody has been punished for his/her violation.