MORE THAN three weeks since the start of the 2019 campaign period for national candidates, hundreds of illegal campaign posters were removed in Iloilo City. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Iloilo City, together with Task Force Anti-Squatting and Illegal Structures and the Philippine National Police, has so far undertaken five Operation Baklas operations, with the most recent at the Plaza Libertad. “Here in Plaza Libertad we have noted a lot of violations like out of place campaign posters and some lack structures which was supposedly intended to hold the posters,” said Comelec-Iloilo City Election Assistant Jonathan G. Sayno. He added that some of the illegal posters went over the designated areas or were overlapping. Mr. Sayno also warned candidates that they would tear down all sorts of posters by politicians, including those that are promoting products or services but emblazoned with the bets’ photos. He added that even if the poster does not bear the word “vote,” Comelec will still tear down these materials. Meanwhile, operations against illegal posters of local candidates will start on March 29. — Emme Rose S. Santiagudo