TV, radio guesting needs Comelec nod


MANILA, Philippines—Television and radio stations cannot put candidates on air without the nod of the Commission on Elections, the poll chief said Friday.

“Guesting could also be abused and it could be used as a form of campaigning,” Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. told reporters.

“If only one candidate is being [invited as] guest of a radio station every now and then we could always treat it as part of campaign propaganda,” Brillantes said.

Comelec will be requiring broadcast stations to seek approval first so they can monitor the amount of candidates’ airtime, he added.

The election period for the 2013 polls began Sunday.

The Comelec en banc has issued a resolution detailing the rules and regulations for election advertisements on all forms of media including the internet.

The resolution says that the appearance of candidates in “any bona fide newscast; interview; news documentary” as long as it is part of the news coverage of a legitimate election campaign event “shall not be deemed to be broadcast election propaganda.”

For a candidate to be allowed to guest in a program “the broadcast entities must show that: 1) prior approval of the commission was secured; and 2) candidates and parties were afforded equal opportunities to promote their candidacy.”

“If [only one candidate] is being repeatedly invited as guest, [like] local candidates in local stations and  not inviting the competition, and all commentaries are in favor of one particular candidate, then we’ll just have to monitor this up to a certain point,” Brillantes said.

“It can be considered as campaign propaganda,” he said.

Under the Comelec guidelines, national candidates are allowed 120 minutes aggregate television airtime and 180 minutes total airtime for radio.

Local candidates are allowed 60 minutes of television airtime and 90 minutes for radio, according to the resolution.

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  • andy bonifacio

    Thank you Mr. Brilliantes. now we can neutralize the abuses of the likes of bong revilla, tito sotto 


      Do not forget Bum Aquino, may TV show yan.

      • andy bonifacio

        oo sama mo na rin yun

  • UPLB-2008-3****

    wait PDI, I thought election period ang nagsimula ng Sunday at hindi campaign period?

  • Fulpol

    need to get permit, approval????

    how much Sir Brillantes? 

    kikita ng malaki ito sa mga politiko.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Are we still a working democracy?  I bet this chairman would wish nothing but for election happening in the country every month so he can be a dictator telling everyone what you are allowed to do geez.

  • brunogiordano

    Under the Comelec guidelines, national candidates are allowed 120 minutes aggregate television airtime and 180 minutes total airtime for radio.
    Local candidates are allowed 60 minutes of television airtime and 90 minutes for radio, according to the resolution.

    Ang sino man kandidato na lumabag sa guidelines na ito ay dapat i disqualify agad.

  • Bigboy I

    tama lang yan para din sa mga kandidato na walang makinarya magkaroon ng pagkakataon na madinig at makita sa media. Di dahil incumbent ikaw lagi ang may media exposure o dahil kadikit mo yung media men.

  • im_not_convinced

    what about joining the president on official Presidential trips or functions?  where he urges the people to “support”them (not explicitly state vote for) prior to official campaign season in February?

    • UPnnGrd

       Ano ka ba???    Walang gawang mali si Persi-dente Noynoy, anong klaseng tanong iyan?  Alam na alam ni Persidente Noynoy kung ano dapat ang dapat na isi-nulat sa Konstitusyon-Pilipinas at kung ano dapat ang batas ng Pilipinas, kaya walang maling gawa si PersiNoynoy, hindi ba?  

  • The Overlord

    Very good, Comelec. 

  • pakita_ko_sayo

    KRIS TV tuwing umaga 8 – 9am parating mukha ni Chiz Escudero.

    • F alonso

      pag tapos ng election,dimo na makita anino niyan.

  • F alonso

    Bakit si Agimat Bong,daily naman daw sa 7,he’s  above the Law?

    • HoyGago

      Hindi siya kandidato sa 2013.

  • F alonso

    Mga Politico,pag election time very enthusiastic sila humarap,makipag kamay sa ordinaryong tao maski sa liblib na lugar maski puno ng germs kamay ng mga tao.
    Pag na halal,lagi nang absent,dina malapitan.Worse binubulsa na rin pera ng taong bayan.Ang saya sa Pilipinas.

  • AJ Giorgio

    kaya nga hindi na ako nanonood ng local TV channels e.. wala nang kwenta ang mga palabas, dami pang commercials ng mga pulitiko..

    yung anak ni Enrile,
    si Loren Legarda,
    yung asawa ni Villar,
    si Zubiri,

  • January

    hehehe paano na sa Cagayan de Oro city,,si mayor Emano palaging sa medya yan eh dati sa Botbot Radio den lumipat sa iba naman,,dapat ganon para patas,kasi minsan pag malakas bumigay ang politiko sa taga radio doon maraming guesting konwari,,bolok na yan

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