By MIKHA FLORES
THE oversized tarpaulin bearing the names of senatorial and party-list candidates who were for and against the controversial Reproductive Health Bill will remain hanging outside a Bacolod church after the Supreme Court stopped the Commission on Elections from taking down the campaign material.
The high court issued Tuesday a temporary restraining order stopping Comelec from removing the Team Buhay/Team Patay Conscience Votetarpaulin. It directed the poll body to answer within 10 days the petition filed by the Diocese of Bacolod and set the case for oral arguments on March 19.
Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr., who has said that their issue with the campaign material was its size, warned that the TRO might set a precedentin how campaign materials within private property might now be treated.”It might encourage others to come out with all of those illegal propagandas,” he said.