Airtime limit sa mga political ads, pinigil ng Korte Suprema

admin   •   April 17, 2013   •   3768

FILE: Supreme Court and COMELEC Logo (UNTV News)

FILE: Supreme Court and COMELEC Logo (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Pinigil ng Korte Suprema ang implementasyon ng airtime limit na itinakda ng Commission on Elections sa mga political ad.

Sa botong 9-6, naglabas ng status quo ante order ang korte at inatasan ang komisyon na huwag munang ipatupad ang Section 9-A ng Comelec Resolution 9615.

Sa naturang resolusyon ay nililimitahan ang kabuuang airtime ng patalastas ng isang national candidate sa 120 minutes sa telebisyon at 180 minutes sa radyo.

Ngunit dahil sa status quo order ng Korte Suprema, babalik ito sa naunang panuntunan na 120 minutes bawat istasyon ng TV at 180 minutes sa bawat istasyon ng radyo.

Bumoto pabor sa status quo order sina Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio at sina Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Junior, Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Martin Villarama, Jose Perez, Jose Mendoza at Marvic Leonen.

Hindi naman pumabor sina Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, at Associate Justices Arturo Brion, Bienvenido Reyes, Roberto Abad, Mariano Del Castillo at Estela Perlas-Bernabe.

Tinututulan ng mga petitioner kabilang si Senador Alan Peter Cayetano ang airtime limit na itinakda ng COMELEC.

Ayon kay Cayetano, unconstitutional ang airtime limit dahil paglabag ito sa right to information ng mga botante upang makilala nang husto ang mga kandidato.

Katwiran pa ng senador, malinaw na 120 at 180 minutes bawat istasyon ng radyo at telebisyon ang itinatakda ng batas at hindi sa kabuoan ng kampanya, kaya’t maituturing na judicial legislation ang ginawang pagbabago ng COMELEC. (Roderic Mendoza & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

‘Run Sara Run’ banners not considered electoral offense, Comelec says

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Banners and other paraphernalia urging presidential daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to run in the 2022 national elections are not considered an electoral offense, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Friday.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez explained that it is not a violation of election laws because it is not election period, and Mayor Sara herself is not a candidate yet.

“Kahit nakapag-file na ng COC (certificate of candidacy) ang tao, kung hindi pa naman nagsisimula ang campaign period, hindi pa siya itinuturing na official candidate. At dahil hindi pa siya official candidate, kahit anong gawin niya, hindi pa siya pwedeng tratuhin bilang kandidato. Ibig sabihin, hindi pa siya pwedeng mag-commit ng election offense,” Jimenez said.

The poll body official said that the banners sprouting in different areas can only be considered as part of freedom of expression.

The campaign period for May 9, 2022 elections will start from February 8 to May 7, 2022.

Sara Duterte earlier thanked her supporters behind the campaign but she reiterated that she has no plans of joining the 2022 presidential polls.

She also urged her supporters to remove the tarpaulins they mounted without permits and to stop staging motorcades and other activities that may violate the health and safety protocols against COVID-19. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Comelec launches walkathon event to promote voter registration

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to launch an event that aims to encourage Filipinos to register in the upcoming 2022 National Elections.

The activity entitled, ‘Walkah Walkah: #MagparehistroKa Voter Education Campaign will see Comelec officials and personnel ride and walk for voter registration on February 26.

During the event, motorcycle riders will take off from Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila and will proceed to Mindanao Avenue corner Quirino Highway in Quezon City.

From there, Comelec officials including Spokesperson James Jimenez will lead the walkathon towards Gawad Kalinga Village in Quezon City. Other participants include barangay leaders and other election stakeholders.

Participants will hand out flyers to invite the public to register and inform them about the new protocols amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Comelec, meanwhile, assures health and safety protocols will be implemented. There will also be COVID-19 marshalls that will monitor and ensure these protocols are followed.-AAC

Oral arguments on Anti-Terrorism Law suspended, to resume on March 2

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The oral arguments on the Anti-Terrorism Law has been moved to March 2.

In an advisory, the Supreme Court announced that several justices are undergoing self-quarantine as a safety precaution against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). According to a source, one of the justices tested positive for COVID-19.

The en banc session set for Tuesday (February 23) is also suspended.

Meanwhile, petitioners want to raise new developments to the SC regarding their request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on the Anti-Terrorism Bill.

One of the petitioners’ lawyers, Atty. Edcel Lagman said they want to include the alleged ‘red-tagging’ of one of the generals of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“For the first time in history petitioners and their counsel before this honorable court are seriously threatened with persecution under the challenged statute by no less than military general who is part of the state enforcing the controverted ATA,” he said. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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