COMELEC: Brillantes’ wish on early campaign likely to be ignored

Bonjour. Mabuhay.


Election season na naman.

Yung mga premature dapat natin tandaan.

May delicadeza ba ang manok natin sa election na to?

Kung wala, paano magsisilbi sa bayan ang ganito?



ELECTIONS chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. is asking candidates to avoid media exposure despite the absence of a law against premature campaigning.

“Out of delicadeza, prospective candidates who filed their COCs (certificates of candidacy), should refrain from indirect campaigning by appearing on TV, radio & in ads,” Brillantes wrote Saturday in his Twitter account (@ChairBrillantes).

“Regardless of what you call it, it can readily be misinterpreted as indirect campaigning/implied endorsement,” he also said.

Brillantes said he is making the appeal to continue promoting fair election practices.

“Media exposure of limited number of prospective candidates cause undue disadvantage to others not afforded the same opportunity,” he said.

Brillantes also appealed to media entities to avoid giving “unnecessary exposure to select candidates in the guise of interviews.”

Candidates for the mid-term election in May next year filed COCs from October 1 to 5. The campaign period starts in February.

Republic Act 9369 states that any person who files a COC “shall only be considered as a candidate at the start of the campaign period.”

A 2009 Supreme Court case (Penera vs. Comelec) paved the way for the removal of premature campaigning as an election offense.

Former president Fidel Ramos, upon arrival yesterday from Singapore where he attended a business forum, asked the public not to vote for candidates who belong to political dynasties.

He said Congress, “if it sees fit, can correct this anomaly.”

“Unfortunately in the previous consultative commission working under former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and they had a long list of so-called revision or amendments, that definition of turncoatism and dynastism was not even mentioned.”

Bishop emeritus Teodoro Bacani, a member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission, lamented the continued absence of a law against political dynasties.

“Mayroon na tayong batas sa Konstitusyon pero wala pang implementing legislation hanggang sa ngayon,” he said.

Article II Section 26 of the 1987 Constitution states, “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.”

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