PNP to Assist Comelec for Removing Election Materials on Public Properties
The Philippine National Police (PNP) vows to help the Commission on Election (Comelec) to remove election materials place on public properties.
According to the PNP, they will work with Comelec to remove campaign materials based on the order of public officials or a candidate. In a statement, PNP chief General Dionardo Carlos said the PNP will ensure that they will be fair in removing election-related materials.
“If there is a go signal from the COMELEC and the DILG, then we will assist in the removal of these materials,” Carlos said.
“We just wanted to maintain our neutrality, so in every crucial action there must have the authority of the COMELEC,” he added.
Carlos made the statement after Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto requested the removal of election-related materials placed on public properties. The Comelec, on the other hand, provided a standard for the placement of campaign materials, which the PNP will follow.
“One thing is for sure, we won’t allow these campaign materials to be posted on police stations and offices. The PNP will immediately order the removal of such.”
Recently, Sotto distributed his command memorandum prohibiting election-related materials, such as tarpaulins displaying Sotto’s face and name, which are authorized to be placed on Pasig-owned premises. He went on to say that even a tarpaulin with his face was not permitted. He also said that if posters were not removed from private premises, residents should report them to “Ugnayan sa Pasig.”
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