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COMELEC Ilocos Sur’s April 29 Oplan Baklas, Too little, too late: DEFEND Ilocos

The Ilocos Network for the Environment (DEFEND Ilocos) today said that the Commission on Election’s (COMELEC) effort to remove illegally posted campaign materials is not enough and late.

The group’s statement came a day after COMELEC Provincial Election Officer Atty. Rhodora Arrocena announced in an interview with a local radio station that they are set to remove and confiscate illegally posted campaign materials on April 29.

“While we welcome the announcement of Atty. Arrocena on the scheduled provincial-wide Oplan Baklas, we believe that the commission’s effort is too little and too late,’ said Sherwin De Vera, Regional Coordinator of the group.

He said that it will not make any difference except  lessening the clutters to be removed after the voting day.

Just a few days ago, De Vera also lambasted the poll commission and the Depart-ment of Public Works and Highways for their failure to monitor and implement guide-lines on the posting of election propaganda materials.

“The slow response of the commission on this matter reflects the small regard of its personnel on the implement-ation of the posting guidelines and care for the environment since trees along roads and highways are the most common recipients of nails and tacks to fasten campaign posters,” De Vera explained.#