Since the start of the campaign period last May 4, The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has only monitored a small number of election-related violence
“Bagamat meron, hindi siya lumalaki ng sobra-sobra.” Dir. James Jimenez, spokesperson of COMELEC, said during DZRH’s One On One.
According to Jimenez, most of the reports that they are receiving are regarding the wrong sizes and placement of the campaign posters and streamers used by the candidates for the upcoming village and youth council elections on May 14.
“Naka-paskil siya kung saan-saan sa mga pader, sa mga puno, sa mga gawad ng kuryente,” Jimenez explained. “In general it’s peaceful. In general most barangays have very compliant candidates, pero nandyan pa rin yung usual troublemakers natin.”
In line with this, Jimenez reminded that candidates should only place their propaganda materials at COMELEC assigned common poster areas, which are commonly parks, markets, roadsides, and other public areas.
The COMELEC official also clarified that candidates can place campaign posters at private properties, as long there is permission from the owners.
“Kung maglalagay kayo ng poster sa tabi ng bahay ng kapitbahay ninyo, siguraduhin niyo muna na sinusupportahan kayo ng kapitbahay niyo.” Jimenez added.
Jimenez further warned candidates that they could be disqualified and imprisoned if they fail to remove campaign materials that violate the regulations of the election agency.
“Kapag may nakita tayong material, na-identify natin na mali na out of place at outsized, then we will give the candidates the opportunity to take it down themselves.” Jimenez insisted. “Yung mga hindi sumusunod, iyon ang pwedeng humarap ng kaso.”