Cops not allowed to take down campaign posters

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Police personnel in Negros Occidental have been cautioned against the removal of election campaign materials and posters in private dwellings, under the “Oplan Baklas” of the Commission on Elections.

P/Lt. Abegael Donasco, deputy spokesperson of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, reminded police officers Feb. 22 that their job is “only to maintain peace and order”.

“Let the Comelec do their work,” Donasco stressed.

She also reminded them not to enter private dwellings, in order to help Comelec personnel in removing election campaign materials.

The task force on “Oplan Baklas” in each town or city is chaired by the election officer and co-chaired by the chief of police.

Photos of police officers taking down the campaign materials of Vice President Leni Robredo, who is running for president in the May 9 elections, became viral in the social media recently. –GB