Comelec airtime rule needs revision – lawmakers


MANILA, Philippines — While the Commission on Elections meant well for candidates in imposing an airtime limit, a lawmaker on Tuesday said that this would be easier said than done.

Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone said that the limit on airtime for candidates in the midterm elections would be “very tedious” to implement.

Comelec Resolution No. 9615 will only allow a candidate running for a national post 120 minutes of airtime on television commercials and 180 minutes for radio plugs in all networks.

Local candidates are meanwhile allowed only 60 minutes of TV and 90 minutes of radio airtime.

Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said that guesting in TV and radio interviews also needed prior approval from the Comelec.

“What if the media is already calling me for an interview? Shall I tell them to wait while I go ask Comelec chairman Brillantes about it?” he asked, pointing out that the limitation would also pose problems for media agencies who need to show balanced news.

Bayan Muna Representative Teddy Casiño agreed with the Comelec’s move to limit airtime for candidates but said that 120 minutes allowed for television and 180 minutes for radio was “really small considering the three-month campaign and the big number of TV and radio stations in the country.”

To solve this, he proposed that the Comelec purchase a considerable amount of airtime for equal distribution to all candidates.

“This is part of Comelec’s duty to provide voters with proper information on the candidates so they can vote wisely,” Casiño said.

Evardone however felt that it would be best if Comelec focused on candidates’ advertisements instead.

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  • Crew Vicsapio

    Hope the COMELEC is true to its word of punishing violators to their guidelines set for political campaigning in this midyear election, that it isn’t only in words but has to be strictly enforced.

  • magiting78

    Pumapalag n agad kau…tama lng kc may mga media din n hindi balanse…madalas nila guest yung manok nilang pulitiko…..Like GMA and ABS-CBN mas gusto nila lagi guest yung mga alagad ng yellow zombie….eh pano naman yung gruop ng 3 mustketeers….UNA ang bulsa este una pala….sorry wala kc ako mapili n matino kandidato pare-parehong trapo at gahaman both parties…wag n sana bigyan airtime mga to…

  • Your_King

    Elections are  in a few months and campaigning is about to hit full force…a little too late for revisions. What is not too late is fixing those faulty PCOS machines that have been reported to be spitting out the ballots and failing to scan them…now that is a important revisions or review to do.

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