IN PHOTOS: Campaign materials hang from trees, electric wires in Pangasinan
MANILA, Philippines – More alleged campaign violations are being reported with less than a month to go before the elections. (READ: The wackly local races: What you need to know)
For example, election posters were spotted nailed on trees in several Pangasinan towns. These posters are mostly made of non-biodegradable materials, even if the Commission on Elections (Comelec) does not encourage this.
The Comelec noted that its Resolution No. 9615 expanded the "green" provision of its rules, acknowledging the need to limit the use of plastics as campaign materials. (READ: Top 3 #PHVote Pangasinan issues)
Rappler Bacolod Movers previously reported similar campaign violations in their city.
Three government agencies earlier vowed to keep an eye on political parties, national and local candidates, and their supporters to make sure they abide by the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (Republic Act No. 9003). (READ: Gov't aims for 'garbage-free' 2016 elections)
In San Carlos City, campaign materials were spotted at a public elementary school. According to the Comelec, campaign materials are prohibited in the following public areas;
- Publicly-owned electronic billboards
- Motor vehicles used as patrol cars or ambulances
- Government-controlled public transits such as the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Philippine National Railways (PNR)
- Main thoroughfares, waiting sheds, sidewalks, lamp posts and street signages
- Schools and barangay halls
- Public transport terminals
The Comelec also called on the public to join its online "shame campaign" by reporting political camps which violate rules. Candidates who are proven guilty of violating Comelec rules will face imprisonment for one to 6 years, not subject to probation. They will also be disqualified from seeking public office and be ineligible to vote.
Pangasinan is the third most vote-rich province in the country, with 1,705,260 registered voters. (READ: What you need to know about Pangasinan and #PHVote)
In Pangasinan, there are 870,941 female voters, slightly outnumbering the male voting population of 834,319. The youth voters, aged 17 to 34, make up 43.93% or 749,041 voters of the total electorate. – Rappler.com