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Legarda Reminds Candidates Against Posting Campaign Ads on Trees

March 7, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda today reminded candidates for the 2016 elections against the posting of campaign materials on trees and other prohibited areas.

“I urge all candidates to embark on a clean campaign. I call on all local government units (LGUs) to take the lead in ensuring that campaign materials are displayed only on common poster areas as prescribed in the law. It should not be posted on trees, heritage buildings, public infrastructure and other properties not assigned as poster areas,” said Legarda.

Under the Fair Elections Act (RA 9006), common poster areas are designated public places such as plazas, markets, and barangay centers.

Moreover, the Commission on Elections has prohibited the posting of campaign materials on trees as Republic Act 3571 prohibits 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.

Legarda also encouraged candidates to use campaign materials that are recyclable and eco-friendly.

She added that candidates and campaign organizers must urge their supporters to ensure clean elections, not only by avoiding mudslinging but also in making sure that in every campaign rally, the surroundings are kept clean and free of trash and litter.