MMDA chief: We’ll tear wayward posters down

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Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) personnel will not hesitate to take down illegally posted election paraphernalia ahead of the May 9 polls.

Thus, said Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Emerson Carlos as he inked a memoranda of agreement (MOA) with the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

The MOA authorized MMDA personnel to remove campaign materials from politikos that have been posted on non-designation areas.

“Now we are doubly emboldened because we are armed with a MOA with Comelec para may panglaban ‘yung mga tao namin kapag may mga nabaklas na billboard lalo na sa local areas,” Carlos was quoted as saying in a GMA News Online report.

Carlos, who succeeded aspiring senator Francis Tolentino in his post, noted that the dynamics of local politics can cause problems for his men.

“Kasi alam naman po natin ‘yung mga tauhan natin nakakaencounter ng maraming isyu kapag kami ang nagbabaklas ng billboards and with this MOA meron àuthority mga tauhan namin na makapagbaba ng mga billboards na dapat ibaba,” the MMDA chief reckoned.

Election laws prohibit the posting of campaign materials on trees, plants, public thoroughfares, lamp posts, sidewalks and overpasses.

The MOA also gave power to the Department of Public Works and Highways to tear down illegal posters. (Randy K. Ortega)