FB post claiming Taguig illegal campaign accurate

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University of the Philippines Journalism Department
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Monday, May 13, 2019 - 18:19
Screencap from Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online location verification bears out the claims by a social media user of “illegal” campaigning “right outside” a Taguig polling place.

The Facebook post said campaign materials were being distributed “right outside polling places Ususan Elementary School and R. Papa High School along M. Almeda and N.P. Cruz streets in Barangay Ususan, Taguig.”

It added, “This is illegal.”

A screenshot of one of the videos in the post, analyzed alongside a Google Maps Street View image, shows the campaign materials were being distributed around 11 meters away from the polling site.

Screenshot of the video at the 00:00:01 mark from the original Facebook post.
Screenshot of the video at the 00:00:01 mark from the original Facebook post.
January 2019 Google Street View of M. Almeda and N.P. Cruz streets, Barangay Ususan, Taguig City.
January 2019 Google Street View of M. Almeda and N.P. Cruz streets, Barangay Ususan, Taguig City.
Google Maps showing the distance between the polling stations and the people distributing campaign materials.
Google Maps showing the distance between the polling stations and the people distributing campaign materials.

This falls within the 30-meter-radius from a polling place set by Section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code, inside which election-day campaigning is illegal:

Any person who solicits votes or undertakes any propaganda, on the day of election, for or against any candidate or any political party within the polling place or within a radius of thirty meters thereof.

Penalties for violators include imprisonment between one to six years, disqualification to hold public office, and deprivation of the right to suffrage.

Political party found guilty shall be “sentenced to pay a fine of not less than ten thousand pesos.”

 

 

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