The campaign period for local elections has not started yet… but in Cagayan de Oro City, you can see these huge political billboards all over the city’s main roads bearing the names of the candidates.
Here are some of them.
This is at a building right beside Macanhan Flyover.
Large billboard along Kagay-an Bridge.
This one below is just across the billboard in the photo above.
This is at Cogon Market. Proponents can label this an information campaign but nonetheless, it’s still a political propaganda.
These two billboards are along Maharlika Bridge.
This one is along CM Recto.
This is at Vamenta Boulevard.
Comelec has issued Resolution No. 9615 dated 15 January 2013 “RULES AND REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9006, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “FAIR ELECTION ACT”, IN CONNECTION TO THE 13 MAY 2013 NATIONAL AND LOCAL ELECTIONS, AND SUBSEQUENT ELECTIONS”. Specifically, read Sections 6 and 7 (f) and (g) of said resolution as shown below:
SECTION 6. Lawful Election Propaganda. – Election propaganda, whether on television or cable television, radio, newspaper or any other medium, is hereby allowed for all parties and for all bona fide candidates seeking national and local elective positions subject to the limitation on authorized expenses of candidates and parties, observation of truth in advertising, and to the supervision and regulation by the Commission.
Lawful election propaganda shall include:
- Pamphlets, leaflets, cards, decals, stickers or other written or printed materials the size of which does not exceed eight and one-half inches (8 ½”) in width and fourteen inches (14”) in length;
- Handwritten or printed letters urging voters to vote for or against any particular political party or candidate for public office;
- Posters made of cloth, paper, cardboard or any other material, whether framed or posted, with an area not exceeding two feet (2′) by three feet (3′);
- Streamers not exceeding three feet (3’) by eight feet (8’) in size displayed at the site and on the occasion of a public meeting or rally. Said streamers may be displayed five (5) days before the date of the meeting or rally and shall be removed within twenty-four (24) hours after said meeting or rally;
- Mobile units, vehicles motorcades of all types, whether engine or manpower driven or animal drawn, with or without sound systems or loud speakers and with or without lights;
- Paid advertisements in print or broadcast media subject to the requirements set forth in Section 9 hereof and Republic Act No. 9006;
- In headquarters or residences of candidates, lawful election paraphernalia may be displayed, but banners or streamers referred to in paragraph (d) above shall not be allowed;
- All other forms of election propaganda not prohibited by the Omnibus Election Code or these rules.Parties and candidates are hereby encouraged to use recyclable and environment-friendly materials and avoid those that contain hazardous chemicals and substances in the production of their campaign and election propaganda. In local government units where local legislation governing the use of plastic and other similar materials exist, parties and candidates shall comply with the same.
SECTION 7. Prohibited Forms of Election Propaganda. – During the campaign period, it is unlawful:
(f) To post, display or exhibit any election campaign or propaganda material outside of authorized common poster areas, in public places, or in private properties without the consent of the owner thereof.
(g) Public places referred to in the previous subsection (f) include any of the following:
- Electronic announcement boards, such as LED display boards located along highways and streets, LCD TV displays posted on walls of public buildings, and other similar devices which are owned by local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations, or any agency or instrumentality of the Government;
- Motor vehicles used as patrol cars, ambulances, and other similar purposes that are owned by local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations, and other agencies and instrumentalities of the Government, particularly those bearing red license plates;
- Waiting sheds, sidewalks, street and lamp posts, electric posts and wires, traffic signages and other signboards erected on public property, pedestrian overpasses and underpasses, flyovers and underpasses, bridges, main thoroughfares, center islands of roads and highways;
- Schools, shrines, barangay halls, health centers, public structures and buildings or any edifice thereof;
- Public utility vehicles such as buses, jeepneys, trains, taxi cabs, ferries, pedicabs and tricycles, whether motorized or not;
- Within the premises of public transport terminals, such as bus terminals, airports, seaports, docks, piers, train stations, and the like.
Read the full resolution HERE. Perhaps, when the campaign period starts for local candidates, these large billboards will have to be taken down.
Read related article HERE.