Illegal posters: Senate bets to face Comelec raps

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MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is preparing charges for preliminary investigation against pasaway (incorrigible) senatorial candidates and party-list groups that have repeatedly ignored notices to take down their illegal posters since the start of the campaign period.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Tuesday said administration Team PNoy senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros had the most number of notices for her illegal posters.

Agency records showed she had been served four separate notices since Feb. 20, the latest for an illegal poster spotted in Cainta, Rizal.

“This is her fourth notice. She has received the most number of notices so far,” said Brillantes in a press briefing yesterday.

Three notices each have also been sent to Team PNoy candidates Bam Aquino and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. Aquino’s illegal posters were spotted along the West Service Road in Parañaque City and Kamuning and E. Rodriguez Streets in Quezon City, Brillantes said.

Ads on cabs

Reelectionist Sen. Francis Escudero was served his second notice, this time for his “A-Plus” paint ads that are placed on taxicabs. “Taxi operators carrying Senator Escudero’s ads will be summoned [and] the cancelation of their franchises is also on the way,” the Comelec chief said.

The Comelec law department, headed by Esmeralda Ladra, has also sent a notice each to Senators Loren Legarda and Gringo Honasan, Bro. Eddie Villanueva and Rep. Jack Enrile to remove their posters that are outside designated common posters areas.

“The preliminary investigation is important because it will give them a chance to defend themselves,” said the Comelec chief.

Former Tarlac Gov. Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, who is running with the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial ticket, was notified that her posters were “hazardously nailed” to electric posts in Mabalacat, Pampanga, Brillantes said.

For party-list groups, the “topnotcher” poster violators were the LPG Marketers Association and the Kabataan Party-list, which have been sent four notices each. “This is the most number of notices sent to party-list groups,” he said.

Only 1 actual violation

Notices were also sent a second time to the Sanlakas, Anak Mindanao and Gabriela party-lists.

Akbayan, Bagong Henerasyon, A-Teacher, An Waray, ACT-CIS, Binhi, 1-Bro-PGBI, Umalab Ka, Kalinga, 1-Sagip, Katribu and Abroad have also been sent notices for their illegal posters.

“They are pasaway, which means they are not following the rules. It has been specified in our resolution; in criminal law they are already considered recidivists,” said Brillantes.

In a statement Tuesday, Hontiveros said that while she received four notices from the Comelec, only one pertained to an actual violation.

“Notices are not de facto rulings on violations of Comelec guidelines on campaign materials and activities,” she said.

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  • ClaudineBaretto

    Sa tingin ko hindi magiging number 1 sa survey at top candidate si Loren Legarda kung hindi nya pinaninidigan ang daang matuwid. Hindi dapat nadadawit ang pangalan nya dito.

    • Dyuwela

      Oo totoo yan, wala nga akong makitang poster nya in public.

  • nizgoda

    yung A-plus paint ni escudero, part ng campaign yun o sideline to earn extra money? extra money to fund the compaign? 

  • DonkeyKong1

    Si escudero ang dapat maparusahan dito, hanggang ngayon ay nilalabag nya padin ang batas, madami pa din akong nakikitang taxi na pakalatkalat na meron sticker ng mukha nya,tamad na tao yan at walang pakielam sa kapakanan ng mga taxi driver..tsk tsk

    • Carmoney

      hindi na naawa , grabe si chiz! ! ! traydor! ! !

  • AriannaDraws

    I’m sick of chiz escudero’s face ! i see them all around the city, remove it please! you’re breaking the law!

    • OhDelilah

      I know right?! kainiis ang face ni chizzzz!!!!!

  • BonnieBailey9

    Mawawalan na ng linya o opreration ang taxi line na kung saan nakadikit ang mukha ni chiz,, bayaran mo naman ang mga yan ng perang ninakaw mo sa pera ng taong bayan.

  • JasonBieber

    Not surprising at all that most of the candidates who has had infractions are Team PNoy because they feel that they can do whatever they want and play above the rules because they are with PNoy who is the leader of playing above the rules.

    Plus don’t be surprised that they have ignored the notices because they are with PNoy who is the leader of ignoring things just like he has ignored the Sultan and his people and also ignored the typhoon ‘Pablo’ victims.

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