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SC stops Comelec from taking down Team Buhay/Patay tarpaulin

March 5, 2013
Comelec employees compare the allowed size for tarp against the “Conscience Vote” tarp. Photo from COMELEC.

Comelec employees compare the allowed size for tarp against the “Conscience Vote” tarp. Photo from COMELEC.

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.

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