MABALACAT - Nacionalista Party's mayoralty bet here has complained about her missing campaign materials.
Marjorie Morales-Sambo, daughter of reelectionist Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales, said a group of individuals removed the posters bearing various reminders for the voting population of this town.
Sambo's supporters said the group allegedly responsible for the removal of the campaign advertisements belongs to an office from the Municipal Government.
Sun.Star Pampanga learned that the local government here is enforcing "cleanliness drive" and has been removing billboards posted along the highways, particularly those without municipal government permits.
The Commission on Elections is also implementing the ruling on the indiscriminate posting of campaign advertisements.
However, Sambo's camp denounced the move and described it as unfair and unjust.
"Na single-out tayo kasi yung kay MMS (Sambo) lang ang tinatanggal nila, yung sa kanila (other mayoral candidates) hindi naman nila inaalis," Sambo's husband John said Sunday.
A former barangay captain here, who supports Sambo, said that Sambo's billboards placed inside the properties of her supporters were also destroyed.
The former barangay leader, who asked not to be named, said the unit who removed the poster should have properly returned the campaign advertisements to their owners or the candidates.
"May gastos din ang pagpapagawa namin sa mga posters na yan tapos sisirain lang nila at itatapon," he lamented.
Sambo will face her father, the official candidate of Lakas-Kampi-CMD and Doctor Victor Tiglao of the Liberal Party in the mayoralty race in the upcoming polls. (Reynaldo G. Navales)