SOME 3,235 campaign materials and posters were removed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on April
14 during its "Oplan Baklas" despite efforts on iterating campaign rules.
“We have removed these posters because they were illegally posted and a lot were oversized,” Comelec
Baguio-Benguet provincial election supervisor Ricardo Lampac told Sun.Star Baguio.
Out of the posters removed, 2,480 posters were of local candidates while the remaining 755 were posters of
“1,436 lahat yung mga natanggal namin na oversized posters while 1,044 posters naman yung mga illegally
posted,” Lawyer Lampac added.
Lampac said election posters were illegally placed in waiting sheds, fences and bridges.
The standard size of the campaign posters should not exceed 2x3 feet and must only be placed in a maximum
of 10 spots in plaza, markets, and barangay centers.
Under the Republic Act No. 9006 commonly known as the fair elections act, candidates with political
parties can display their election posters with sizes not exceeding 12x16 feet and not bigger than 4x6
feet for individual candidates.
“May tatlong tao na nag-complain because, according to them, their posters were with the right size and
placed in a common posting area, but we explained to them na kailangan naming tanggalin because they have
displayed their posters in more than 10 spots in common posting areas,” Lampac narrated.
Congressional aspirant Mark Go topped the most number of removed election posters with 184 while mayoral
candidate Del Claraval followed with 113 posters.
Vice mayor aspirant Betty Lourdes Tabanda had 78 posters removed while councilor aspirant Villamor
Bumanglag had 149. Congressman Nicasio Aliping’s A1 team had 14 posters removed.
DIWA party-list leads the most campaign posters remove in the national level with 299 followed by
senatorial candidate Samuel Pagdilao with 197. (With a report from Hason Jung, University of Baguio