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2010/03/12

Comelec leads joint task force in stepping up 'Operation Langkat'

by Lorry V. Gabule

Iligan City (12 March) -- Atty, Anna Liza T. Barredo, city election officer of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Iligan City, said a Joint Task Force has been implementing the 'Operation Langkat,' or removal of political advertisements including non-political ads nailed on the trees along the roadside.

The Task Force is composed of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the COMELEC, has jointly pushed the removal of this illegal posting of political propaganda since March 2, 2010, with a follow up on March 6.

We continue to conduct Operation Langkat on March 11, Thursday, to let the people aware of the trees and electric posts which have been indiscriminately used for the posting of all kinds of campaign materials, and that it violates the Comelec's implementing rules and guidelines, Barredo expressed.

Relative to the conduct of this operation, Mamacaya M. Lucman, community environment and natural resources officer (CENRO) in the city, has reiterated the observance of Republic Act 3571 and Presidential Decree No. 953.

Both laws penalize the unauthorized cutting, destruction, damaging and injuring of trees, flowering plants and plants of scenic value along public roads, plazas, school premises or in any other public places, Lucman explained.

Any person who shall cut, destroy or injure trees, flowering plants and shrubs or plants of scenic value mentioned in the preceding sections of this Act, shall be punished by prison correctional in its minimum period to prison mayor in its minimum period, added Lucman. (PIA LDN) [top]

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