Whenever it is an electoral year, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) religiously circulates elaborate lists of common poster areas, with a strict warning that "no campaign or election propaganda shall be posted, displayed, or exhibited in (sic) a tree, the wall of a building, or an existing public structure that is in active use..."
Needless to say, because the official campaign period for local government has not yet begun, Manila is being defaced with all manner of electoral paraphernalia and political marketing activities, both legal and illegal.
A list of common areas in the fifth district of Manila landed on my desk, for some reason; I wonder if I am expected to monitor the area single-handedly. Anyway, here it is:
Plaza Olivia Salamanca, the one with a kalachuchi tree, at the corner of T. M. Kalaw and Taft; Plaza de la Virgen on Zamora street in Pandacan; M. Adriatico street in that area contiguous to the estero Antonio Abad and Manila Zoo (Mali's home); the public market of Zone 75 on Singalong corner Malvar street; the public market of Zone 79 on San Andres corner Leveriza streets; Plaza Dilao, in front of that ruined heritage train station on Pres. Quirino Ave.; the barangay hall on Onyx corner Estrada streets; the perimeter wall of the Paco cemetery (oh, no!); entrance of the Maeztranza on Muelle street in Intramuros (why, here?), Plaza de la Nuestra Señora de Guia on M. H. del Pilar street in Ermita (hometown of the Guerreros); the basketball courts on San Marcelino corner Pedro Gil streets and Talipapa Pasigline and Estrada streets; Plaza Busilak at the corner of Zapanta and F. Muñoz streets; right at the corner of Pres. Quirino and Osmeña avenues in Zone 74; the perimeter wall of the San Andres Sports Complex on Leveriza street; and, finally, at the corner of Taft Ave. and Remedios street in Zone 76.
All aspirants and re-electionists, along with their supporters should take heed of Comelec's stipulations that "candidates, political parties, or party-list groups shall be prosecuted for violation of Comelec Resolution No. 9615..." Those who refuse to abide by these simple rules of the game should forever be suspect. (firstname.lastname@example.org)