Senatorial bet hales ‘early birds’ to SC


MANILA, Philippines—A senatorial candidate on Friday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the airing of television commercials and the political advertisements of five government officials who are to also contest seats in the Senate in next year’s elections.

Lawyer Samson Alcantara of the Social Justice Society named as respondents in the civil action Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano, Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, San Juan City Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito and Cagayan Rep. Juan “Jack” Ponce Enrile Jr., and Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn.

Alcantara said the government officials “acted contrary to law, good morals and public policy” and that they “grossly violated the letter and spirit” of the Constitution, Republic Act No. 6713 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees as well as Article 19 of the Civil Code.

“Respondents’ television commercials are obviously intended to enhance their chances in the 2013 senatorial elections and through the same are able to circumvent with impunity the limitations on airtime allotment for candidates during the campaign period,” the lawyer said.

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  • Homer Guo

     “Senatorial bet hales…”?????????????

    • buttones

      I know, like you what the word means, but still racking my brains as to how this word is used in the context of the report- Hales?

      • 12JEM

         In this context the word means “compel to go”…American Webster  Heritage Dictionary, Third Edition.

      • Homer Guo

        usage and context, that’s what we mean…usage and context

      • andresa igbac

         huh? tama naman ang “hales” ah???

      • buttones

        Yes I know it means to make somebody go somewhere, Samson Alcantara is trying to make these people go to the SC on a case of impropriety? What will they say when they get there? Will he be there as well? The article makes for reasonable understanding, albeit not such an usual situation given PH politicians always trying to beat the starters gun, claim an advantage and bend and twist the ‘rules’ to suit their own nefarious [or not as the case might be] ends..

        Anyway thank you for your post, it was just the use of the word that intrigued me having read the body of the article…. -not a word you see used every day- It is of no matter, just interesting…I think it means to ‘haul’ or pull something as well? [Haven’t checked that definition, this is from memory!] Have a nice day!

  • koy-bili

    “hale” isanother word for “drag, “pull”, “hoist” etc

    • amanda leigh

       like hale of stone or ice (when used in a sentence). it isnt related to its title. he migh be referring to hail?

  • Gene

    It’s good that somebody brought this up to the SC.  Masyadong maeepal itong mga kandidatong ito.  Ang kakapal ng mukha.  Nakakasuka!

  • Mang Teban

    This is a good test to find out how newly appointed justices, Sereno and Leonen, will matter in the Supreme Court and how the more senior justices will decide with their new colleagues on another sensitive matter concerning “premature” electioneering.

    COMELEC must have acted on this one though Head Commissioner Brillantes noticed the “subtle trick” to promote oneself in ads. The SC should stop this practice especially as in the past, public funds were siphoned off to finance such promotions of candidates who have registered with the Comelec and the official campaign period is far off.

    Cynthia Villar, Risa Hontiveros, Bam Aquino, Joel Villanueva, and a few others should also be mentioned in the petition of the senatorial candidate mentioned in the news article.

    Apart from political family dynasties that have mushroomed all over the country and have been violating our Constitution, this loophole to use an ad “championing some cause” without the words “Vote” and “For Senator (or other elective post)” insults the average Filipino voter.

    In response, the Filipino voters who see this undue advantage by moneyed candidates MUST NOT VOTE for them.

    • buttones

      It’s hardly a ‘subtle trick’ if it’s so glaringly obvious! You say the SC should stop this practice, but the SC don’t legislate, if there is a rule that the sprinters on the line are not supposed to run off before the gun has been fired then Comelec should be stopping this- no? Or at best disqualifying candidates. They are the political policemen, the umpire, the referee whatever.. not the SC.
      Having exhausted my sporting analogy to it’s limit- I wish you a good day and the compliments of the Season…

      • Mang Teban

        I know what you mean but there are millions of our countrymen who still fall to this trick and are gullible to the appeal to the senses especially with the participation of an entertainment celebrity who sugar coats the obnoxious character of the senatorial-wannabee.
        I ain’t no lawyer and the petitioner I was gullible (or he was right and you are wrong?)  to believe that the SC was the right place to file that petition. Comelec is not lifting a finger as its hands are probably tied up disqualifying nuisance candidates & party lists.
        May the Reason for this Season enfold you with His love!

      • buttones

        Sad comment, but for all that a lucid one on the state of the electorate. How to break those feudal bonds that bind people to becoming hypnotized by celebrity status, primary colors and trite aphorisms, and the odd piglet on a bamboo pole- I really have no idea… I ’aint no lawyer either [to my credit I think] but it seems to me that our political police force- aka Comelec- are not really doing their job. Yes they are clearing out PL wanabees, which the SC don’t agree with anyway it seems… it’s all a bit of a mess really isn’t it…..but it’s PH, and as Mr Quezon said, better to be ruled like hell…..

  • virgoyap

    It’s natural that if they run ahead before the race starts they will likely come out to be the winner. Not unless the voters will vow not to vote those senatorial candidates who are always appearing in the media.

  • EdmunDantes

    What a news title. At least they’ve did all they can to make it interesting! 

    • bantaybulee

      Bakit? Hindi ba interesting yung word na Hale saiyo? Di ka siguro taga pilipinas! 

  • EdmunDantes

    What? What does that have to do with anything? 

    Please enlighten me. Your accusation is as wild as your name. 

    • bantaybulee


  • EdmunDantes

    What? What does that have to do with anything? 
    Please enlighten me. Your accusation is as wild as your name. 

    • bantaybulee


  • sam_aquino

    the author, jerome aning-aning must have a different interpretation of his word “hale”, from where he had taken this, only he knows…

    although his news has some sense, his title did exactly the opposite…

  • Fred

    Si Dick Gordon at Cynthia Villar ay may TV ads araw araw sa mga major channels. Marami pa ang lalabas by January. Karamihan sa kanila ay di iboboto ng aming pamilya at katropa.
    Support anti-dynasty movement now. We will see the effect in next year’s election and onwards.
    Movement Against Dynasty (MAD), start the ball rolling!

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