DOH heeds Comelec rule on poll campaign ads

Published March 25, 2019, 11:34 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Philippine News Agency

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said it ‘strictly’ complies with the rules of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) that prohibit posting of any campaign materials in all DOH-accredited hospitals.

The DOH issued the statement in response to Comelec’s request to take down “Malasakit Centers’ posters bearing the face of senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go outside the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).

The health department stressed it “did not issue any instructions for DOH hospitals to use, distribute or post materials which feature the name or face of any person running in position”.

It explained PGH is not under DOH jurisdiction and, therefore, Comelec’s request should be addressed to the University of the Philippines.

“We have reminded our medical center chiefs to immediately take down any visual displays of candidates that may be found in our facilities,” the statement read.

“We request the public to report to the DOH any sightings of such visuals that may be misconstrued as campaign materials favoring any candidate for the coming election,” it added.