CABARROGUIS, Quirino: The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here has warned of legal sanctions against political parties and their supporters posting their political campaign materials on tress along the national highway.
Election Officer George Urata said violators will be prosecuted for unlawfully mounting, posting and even nailing or stapling campaign materials on trees and other areas not designated by the Comelec as areas where political paraphernalia can be posted.
Urata cited Republic Act 3571 that prohibits and punishes the cutting, destroying or injuring of planted or growing trees, flowering plants and shrubs or plants of scenic values along public roads, in plazas, parks, school premises or in any other public ground.
He added that under Comelec Resolution No. 6616, a task force composed of departments of Education, Environment and Natural Resources, and Public Works and Highways, Philippine National Police and other government and non-government organizations has been deputized to monitor violators and tear down materials found violating the law.
Meanwhile, Provincial Board Member Julius Caesar Vaquilar has called on coordinators of the Daang Matuwid movement here, allegedly identified with the Liberal Party (LP), to dismantle their campaign materials.
Also a member of the LP, Vaquilar has also posted his call via social media for all Tuwid na Daan coordinators to dismantle political campaign materials stapled or even nailed on trees along the national highway in the province.