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PIA Press Release
2007/04/19

Samar barangay officials conduct 'Operation Baklas'

By Alice Nicart

Borongan, Eastern Samar (April 19) -- About 12 barangay officials of Barangay Alang-Alang this town willingly cited COMELEC Resolution No. 7823 recently in their attempt to clean up the main streets of the barangay from illegally posted candidates' streamers and posters.

Led by Barangay chairman Teresa Alconaba, the officials tore down and removed the seemingly expensive tarpaulin posted on a giant panels in front of the Eastern Samar National High School which is actually only a meter away from the Police Provincial Office.

The brave act on a broad daylight prompted this writer to ask Alconaba but the barangay chief said they are just implementing the COMELEC order and they could not do otherwise lest they be charge for inaction.

Apparently, the posters and tarpaulins which included mostly of the senatorial candidates were put in place days before the Team Unity arrived the school's oval via some choppers. But the giant panel held an assortment of political party "babies" i.e., TU, GO even provincial and municipal candidates. So prominent the campaign materials that they could not pass the "accusing eyes" and critical minds of the passers-by.

Alconaba stressed that there are several designated poster areas in town that they are in a quandary why some trusted errand boys could hardly abide by the law. Be that as it may, the officials said they will pursue their "Operation Baklas" as they enforce the order of Acting Election Office III, Atty. Reymund Gunda.

Later in the day, other barangay officials of the town were likewise spotted by this writer removing other illegally posted campaign materials in other parts of the town. The officials informed likewise this writer that they are also ordered to submit a written report of their OB. (PIA-Eastern Samar) [top]

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