THE Commission on Elections (Comelec), for the second time, reiterated that the “Run, Sara, Run” streamers and banners do not constitute any electoral violation, but hinted at it being such a nuisance.
Interviewed on radio, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said that critics should be barking on the local government units, which are legally equipped with existing ordinances on nuisances.
“Technically speaking walang paglabag ‘yan kasi wala pang official candidate eh… Hindi pa namin puwede pakialaman kasi hindi naman election offense. Pero puwedeng-puwedeng pakialaman ‘yan ng local government units. It’s well within their power,” Jimenez said.
He also urged the public not to be too dependent on the poll body on matters beyond its mandate.
“Hindi puwedeng iaasa lahat sa Comelec, sabihin, ‘Ay wala namang pinagbabawal ang Comelec.’ Pero may ordinansa kasi na bawal ang nuisance. E nuisance ‘yan e,” he added.
The Comelec spokesperson cited banners tied to the railing of footbridges by straw and sometimes held down by rocks, pose a threat to public safety.
“Ang problema, ang hindi naaalala po ay meron silang violation pagdating doon sa mga pinagkakabitan nila… Bakit ka maglalagay ng tarpaulin sa may overpass na puwedeng mahulog at maaksidente ‘yung mga tao?,” averred Jimenez in reference to the streamers and banners urging the presidential daughter to run for President next year.
The materials had the face of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and had markings that read: Run Sara Run. Aside from the streamers and banners, the group behind the sprawling “nuisances” have also been giving out calendars which had the same imprints.
The young Duterte has denied plans of running for president in time for the 2022 presidential derby. A similar statement has also been issued by her father who hinted at the top elective post as something that isn’t for women.