The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday collected more illegally posted campaign materials in Metro Manila (National Capital Region or NCR) under “Operation Baklas.”
As of 11 a.m., Francis Martinez, MMDA Metro Parkway Clearing Group head, said they were able to gather more than one ton of campaign materials posted outside common poster areas set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
The operation was conducted in Plaza Miranda, Liwasang Bonifacio, Moriones, Dagupan and North Cemetery.
To prevent resistance from the candidates’ supporters, Martinez said they only remove campaign materials outside the common poster areas.
The MMDA earlier was able to collect at least one truck of illegally posted campaign materials in some parts of Manila and Quezon City.
Martinez said at least 1.82 tons or one truck of campaign materials were hauled from Roosevelt Avenue and Araneta Avenue in Quezon City and Lacson Avenue in Manila.
The confiscated materials, according to him, were brought to the agency’s impounding site at Ultra in Pasig City.
After the elections on May 9, he said, campaign tarpaulins will be collected so they can be used during disaster operations.
The MMDA clearing teams were escorted by personnel from the Commission on Election (Comelec) and the Philippine National Police.
Martinez said 12 teams were deployed over NCR to remove posters and tarpaulins posted on electric posts, traffic signs and trees.
Each team has 10 MMDA members and a representative from the Comelec.
MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said the clearing teams will be on duty until after May 9
He added that there will be no candidates or political parties that will be exempted from the removal of illegally posted campaign materials outside of the Comelec-designated areas.
Operation Baklas will run from February 9 (Tuesday) until Election Day, May 9.