Ambulances to be stripped of names, faces of candidates

By Leslie Ann Aquino

Ambulances of local government units must not have names or pictures of candidates, a poll official on Wednesday said.

Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said a few days before the start of the campaign period for local candidates on March 29.

“LGU ambulances must not have names or pics of candidates. All candidates need not be given notices. They are violating election rules starting March 29,” she said in her Twitter account @commrguanzon.

She even instructed their election officers to report to the poll body if they see any violation.

“COMELEC Eos please take pics and report it in writing to @jabjimenez @dirfrancesarabe,” said Guanzon.

The poll official said she will personally see to it that LGU ambulances with candidates’ pics be stripped when she returns here in the country.

“I am in @COMELEC overseas voting business abroad but when I arrive I will personally see to it that LGU ambulances w/ candidates’ pics be stripped,” Guanzon said.

In another tweet, she said all tarpaulins of candidates from all LRT stations should also be removed even instructing Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez to write a letter to the General Manager of LRT.

“@OfficialLRTA @officialLRT1 remove all tarps of candidates from all LRT stations NOW. U have tarps of Malasakit centers of PGH that Director Dr. Legaspi said they did not put up. @jabjimenez write the LRT Gen. Manager,” said Guanzon.

“Sasakay ako sa LRT pag uwi ko dyan from @ComelecOFOV and will check if there are no more posters of candidates @COMELEC @jabjimenez prepare,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Comelec said they were assured by Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco T. Duque that all of their officials and employees will comply with their rules and regulations in relation to the upcoming polls.

This following the call from the poll body to take down all Malasakit Center posters bearing the name and image of senatorial candidate Bong Go in government-run hospitals.

“In a memorandum dated 25 March 2019, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco T. Duque III reiterated to all DOH officials and employees the policy against visual displays and campaign paraphernalia in all DOH Centers for Health Development, Medical Centers and other Public Buildings,” said the Comelec in a statement. #MatalinongBoto2019