March 8, 2022

The Supreme Court, during its En Banc deliberations today, March 8, 2022, issued a temporary restraining order against the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and COMELEC Director and Spokesperson James Arthur Jimenez in connection with the poll body’s Oplan Baklas.

In G.R. No. 258805 (St. Anthony College of Roxas City, et al. v. COMELEC and Jimenez), the Petitioners sought the issuance of a TRO, while the resolution of the petition is pending, prohibiting the Respondents from implementing Section 21 (o), Section 24, and Section 26 of the COMELEC Resolution No. 10730 with respect to the poll body’s order to dismantle, remove, destroy, deface, and/or confiscate all election materials that are privately owned and privately funded solely by volunteers and private citizens and posted and/or installed within their private properties.

The Court also ordered the Respondents to comment on the petition within a non-extendible period of 10 days from receipt of notice. ###