2 more senate bets warned vs campaign posters-A A +A
Saturday, February 23, 2013
TWO more senatorial candidates and two party-list organizations have been recipients of notices from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) over their illegal placing of campaign materials.
In his Twitter account, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said aside from those earlier announced by the Law Department, they have also sent notices to Makabayan Party’s Teodoro Casino and Sonny Angara of Team PNoy.
As for party-list groups, Anak Mindanao and Sanlakas have also been sent notices for having faulty posting of campaign materials.
“They have three days to remove ALL their illegal posters REGARDLESS of location,” said Brillantes (@ChairBrillantes).
On Friday, Comelec – Law Department Director Esmeralda Ladra disclosed that they have sent notices to Akbayan’s Risa Hontiveros and independent running Edward Hagedorn after their posters were found to be violating campaign rules.
Party-list groups earlier sent notices were the Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA); Buhay Hayaan Yumabong (Buhay); 1 Joint Alliance of Marginalized Group, Inc. (1JAMG); Piston Lang Transportation Coalition, Inc. (Piston); Kabataan; and LPG Marketers Association, Inc. (LPGMA).
And if they do not remove the campaign posters, the poll chief assured them that they will be facing cases of election offense.
“Appropriate cases will be immediately filed if NOT removed,” said Brillantes.
Under Comelec Resolution 9615, parties and candidates may post any lawful campaign material only in authorized common poster areas in public places and in private places provided it has the consent of the owner.
Violation of the said resolution entails an election offense, which carries a penalty of one to six years imprisonment, removal of right to vote, and prohibition to occupy public office.
Meanwhile, Ladra said the commission is also willing to look at the possibility of Team PNoy bet Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel committing an election offense by also organizing a contest over Facebook.
“We will look into it also… but so far, we have not seen it yet,” said Ladra.
The report comes on the heels of the “iPad” contest by another administration candidate, Jamby Madrigal, which has since been taken down by the former senator’s camp.
Pimentel, on the other hand, had this on his Facebook account, “Friends!!! Senator Koko Pimentel wants you to choose his next baller ID design! The winning design will be worn by Sen. Koko and supported in the coming days.”
“Hi Friends, for today's Sunday game! Let's play CAPTION THIS!" We will choose the top 5 friends with the best caption and they'll receive a personal prize from Sen. Koko! Let's play!” the Facebook page of Pimentel said in another post.
Section 97 of the Omnibus Election Code states that “it shall be unlawful for any person to hold dances, lotteries, cockfights, games, boxing bouts, bingo, beauty contests, entertainments, or cinematographic, theatrical or other performances for the purpose of raising funds for an election campaign or for the support of any candidate from the commencement of the election period up to and including election day”. (HDT/Sunnex)