CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- More than 37,000 illegal campaign posters posted were removed by joint forces of Philippine National Police (PNP) and Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the entire Central Luzon during the stretch of campaign period.
Based on the report of the Police Regional Office III, a total 37,436 campaign materials were removed from electric posts, trees, and fences along major thoroughfares and barangays roads as the official campaign period ended on Saturday, May 11.
Brigadier General Joel Coronel, director of the Central Luzon police, said that most of the campaign materials are oversized or were posted in prohibited areas such as on electric lines and poles, and trees.
Under the law, campaign posters should not exceed two by three feet and should only be displayed in common poster areas identified by local election officers.
The Oplan-Baklas is a region-wide activity aimed at ensuring that all campaign posters and tarpaulins will only be posted on designated areas approved by the COMELEC, Coronel said.
“The Oplan Baklas is an activity spearheaded by the COMELEC together with other partner-agencies, including the PNP. Your PNP have always been non-partisan and we continue to implement our mandate to ensure of a safe and credible electoral process,” Coronel said.