Comelec to follow TRO vs. ‘Oplan Baklas’ in private places

Comelec to follow TRO vs. ‘Oplan Baklas’ in private places

MANILA – The “Oplan Baklas” or dismantling of illegally placed campaign materials, will continue only in public areas, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Wednesday.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said only the dismantling operation on private properties has been suspended by the Supreme Court (SC) after issuing a temporary restraining order (TRO).

“During the discussion of the Commission en banc earlier, it was agreed, of course, that we will honor the TRO issued by the Supreme Court. We will continue with our Baklas Operations in public spaces as it is required by law,” he said in a press briefing.

He also said the poll body coordinates with the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) as to their comment on the case.

On Tuesday, the High Court issued a TRO against the Comelec and its campaign to dismantle illegal election posters.

The order was issued in response to the petition by several individuals, who are supporters of presidential candidate Vice President Leni Robredo, involving its operations inside private properties.

The SC has given the Comelec a non-extendible period of 10 days to file their comment. (PNA)

By Ferdinand Patinio