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Comelec can’t ban poll ads in Pacquiao fight—exec

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By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 14:52:00 11/04/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Politics, Inquirer Politics, Elections, Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) cannot regulate political advertisements by 2010 candidates which will be aired during the fight of boxing champ Manny Pacquiao on November 15, an official said.

Since the boxing fight will be before the period for the filing of certificates of candidacy (CoC) set on November 20 to 30, anyone has a right to free expression and announcements, said Comelec commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal. Read the rest of this entry »

Early campaigners face poll disqualification
September 16, 2009 08:19:00
Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials warned aspirants who have posted billboards, tarpaulins or have made infomercials promoting themselves as candidates that they may be disqualified from next year’s elections due to early or premature campaigning.

Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento and legal department director Ferdinand Rafanan lauded the Supreme Court ruling on Sept. 11 that upholds Section 80 of the Omnibus Election Code, which states that “it is unlawful for any person, whether or not a voter or candidate or for a party, to engage in election campaigning or acts that promote his candidacy or the defeat of another outside the campaign period.” Read the rest of this entry »

Melo: Comelec can’t act on ‘early campaigns’

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 07:08:00 05/20/2009

Filed Under: Politics, Elections, Eleksyon 2010, Advertising

MANILA, Philippines—Commission on Elections Chairman Jose Melo admitted on Tuesday that the poll body cannot act on premature or early campaigning of several aspiring presidential and local candidates for the 2010 elections.

“I’ve said time and again mahirap (this is a difficult issue). It is up to the people to judge these early campaigning styles [of aspiring candidates]. You know if it is an honest-to-goodness endorsement or a political campaign. In 2010, the public will decide,” said Melo. Read the rest of this entry »

SAYS POLL EXEC
Legislation vs early campaigning needed

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 15:53:00 04/27/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010, Politics, Laws

MANILA, Philippines—The issue on early campaigning will be resolved only through proper legislation, an election official said Monday.

“To prevent premature campaigning, we have to decouple, through legislative means, the concepts of campaigning and candidacy; specifically, the concept of campaigning should be expanded to include acts of self-promotion by those who manifested through words and actions their ‘clear interest’ to run for public office,” said Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesman James Jimenez.
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COMELEC SAYS
No law vs presidential bets appearing on TV

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 13:51:00 04/15/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Inquirer Politics

MANILA, Philippines—Officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) admitted there are no laws banning aspiring presidential candidates from appearing on bulletin boards or in TV commercials.

“Mahirap kontrolin yan [It is difficult to control that], they can find ways to go [around] the law,” said Comelec chairman Jose Melo amid the increasing political figures appearing on bulletin boards and on TV.
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