CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Pampanga Governor Eddie Panlilio led Wednesday the local Liberal Party (LP) in removing political posters and tarpaulin banners displayed outside designated posting areas.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial office with the Provincial Police Office launched Friday its “Oplan Baklas” campaign that dismantles illegally posted political campaign materials outside the given areas.

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The LP voluntarily removed all its posters along the stretch of McArthur Highway leading to Angeles City from San Fernando City.

During a joint conference with police officials, Provincial Election Supervisor Temmie Lambino said the poll body is now focused on fully implementing the law on the common posting area.

Under Comelec Resolution No. 7767, which calls for the use of common poster areas, candidates are allowed to put their posters in front of their homes, their business, their headquarters and in their relatives’ houses.

The Comelec directive stated that “One Poster per Candidate” rule is to be strictly followed and personnel must be designated to supervise, oversee and monitor the activities at the common poster areas.

The resolution further provides assurance that all candidates vying for national and local elective posts would be required to put only one campaign material for every common poster area nationwide and give equal access for their campaign advertisements. It stated that all the local government units must have identified common poster areas in every locality.

“For those found violating the law on this, there is a penalty of one to six years imprisonment and disqualification of the candidate himself who is also going to be imprisoned,” Lambino said.

He told Sun.Star Pampanga that candidates must adhere to the common posting areas rule and that candidates are equally responsible for removing its materials after the elections according to law.