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‘Oplan Baklas’ removes over 900 marketing campaign posters in Baguio Metropolis

Over 900 marketing campaign posters of senatorial aspirants and partylists had been eliminated by Comelec’s Oplan Baklas in Baguio Metropolis for allegedly violating guidelines on dimension and placement. Photographs contributed by Neil Clark Ochangco

BAGUIO CITY – Composite groups led by the Fee on Election (Comelec) confiscated over 900 marketing campaign posters of candidates working for nationwide positions throughout Baguio Metropolis throughout their early morning “Operation Baklas” Saturday, Feb. 19.

In a telephone interview, lawyer Reyman Solbita, Comelec officer of Baguio Metropolis, stated the confiscated marketing campaign posters had been largely outsized and weren’t posted at assigned posting areas.

He stated some failed to incorporate the complete identify and handle of those that printed the posters and failed to incorporate the notice: “This can be a recyclable materials.” He added that many of the confiscated posters are from senatoriables and partylist candidates.

“We’ll submit the itemizing to the Comelec regulation division and it’s as much as them to file the mandatory expenses,” he stated.

Solbita stated marketing campaign posters shouldn’t exceed the allowable 2 ft by 3 ft whereas posters on the candidate’s headquarters shouldn’t exceed 3 ft by 8 ft.

The election officer additional stated they won’t take down marketing campaign posters that didn’t comply with Comelec specs posted inside non-public properties however they’ll notify the proprietor in regards to the violation.

However he talked about that he personally eliminated some outsized posters in three residences after the house owners informed him that they weren’t those who hung the posters.

In line with Solbita, 10 composite groups composed of staff from the Comelec, the Division of Surroundings and Pure Sources and Division of Public Works and Highways accompanied by members of the Philippine Nationwide Police (PNP) and the Philippine Military scoured the town from 5 a.m. to eight a.m. to take down the posters.

He careworn that the PNP and the Military solely supplied the groups with safety.


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