Backlash on Facebook caused the mayoral bets of a certain party to pull down their posters and apologize to the public.
Reelectionist Mayor Shierre Ann Palicpic of Pagbilao in Quezon province received flak from netizens after pictures of her campaign posters were seen to have covered the shrine of Andres Bonifacio, a national hero of the Philippines.
Many different reactions from netizens ensued, with majority of them enraged at the act. Ariel Alcala posted on Sunday:
Comelec Resolution 10049, signed February 2016, said candidates cannot post campaign materials on public structures, which include schools, public shrines, barangay halls, government offices, health centers.
Palicpic clarified in one of the comments that Comelec designated the shrine as a common poster area:
“Araw ng March 27, agad po pagkarating sa amin ng impormasyon. Ang lugar po na nabanggit ay Comelec common poster area. Bagaman hindi pa na-coordinate nang mabuti sa mga volunteers namin dahil may iba po tagapamahala kami ng materials, still I take full responsibility for their actions being the leader of the group.”
(On March 27, the information immediately got to us. The place was designated by Comelec as a common poster area. Even if we were not able to coordinate with our volunteers because someone else is in charge of the materials, still I take full responsibility for their actions being the leader of the group.)
The posters were taken down the same evening of the social media outrage.
This is an appeal to the COMELEC Officer of Pagbilao to strictly enforce the provision of Fair Elections Act on posting...
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