Poll bets reminded to take down prohibited campaign materials ASAP

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 11) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday reminded candidates to immediately remove all prohibited campaign material before campaign period starts on Tuesday.

It warned erring national candidates for the May 13 polls that they may face sanctions for violating campaign rules.

"The Comelec reminds candidates to immediately remove all prohibited forms of election propaganda at least 72 hours before the start of the campaign period. Otherwise, said candidate or party shall be presumed to have committed the pertinent election offense," the poll body said in an advisory.

The public is urged to report those who violate this rule.

The campaign period for national candidates — senators and party lists — starts on Tuesday; it starts on March 29 for local positions.

Under campaign rules, tarpaulins and posters should not exceed two feet by three feet. They should only be put up in common poster areas identified by the election officer in a particular area.

Comelec Commissioner James Jimenez earlier said candidates may be held liable for campaign posters which aren't in common poster areas once the campaign season starts even if they didn't have a hand in putting them up.

The poll body will also keep an eye on television and radio advertisements placed by each candidate. Even the social media posts made by or for the candidate will be monitored. When it comes to commercials, senatorial candidates are allowed up to 120 minutes of airtime per television station and up to 180 minutes per radio station.

Senatorial candidates running under a political party can spend up to ₱183 million for their campaign while independent bets and party-lists have a spending cap of ₱305 million.