THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Sunday warned candidates in the barangay elections to strictly observe the policy banning the use of Metro Manila’s major thoroughfares for election-related activities.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said that those who will be proven to have violated the policy would be fined, face one to six years of imprisonment and disqualification from holding public office.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has approved an MMDA proposal to regulate the use of Metro Manila’s major thoroughfares for election-related activities during the barangay elections.
The Comelec en banc, through Resolution Number 9749, adopted Resolution Number 9666, authorizing MMDA to regulate the use of major thoroughfares for the conduct of the barangay elections scheduled on October 28.
Tolentino pointed out that the conduct of several election campaigns, caravans, rallies and other similar election-related activities in major thoroughfares greatly affect the “already congested flow of traffic.”
He added that the Comelec’s approval of his petition would prevent unnecessary traffic jams caused by slow-moving campaign motorcades and caravans.
“[The public] should report immediately to the municipal at provincial Comelec office those who violated the policy,” Tolentino said in MMDA’s weekly radio program aired over dzBB.
The major roads covered by the resolution are the following: EDSA, C-5, Quezon Avenue, Marcos Highway, Commonwealth Avenue, España Boulevard, E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Ramon Magsaysay Avenue, President Quirino Avenue, Aurora Boulevard, Ortigas Avenue, Shaw Boulevard, MIA Road, Domestic Road, Andrews Avenue, South Super Highway, Taft Avenue, Roxas Boulevard, Araneta Avenue, AH. Lacson Street, Rizal Avenue, Katipunan Avenue and A. Bonifacio Avenue.
In the case of secondary routes, the MMDA chief said candidates should inform and ask for the agency’s permission three days prior to their motorcade.
The campaign period for the barangay elections will last up to October 26.