Madrigal still up for Comelec probe on alleged Facebook contest

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Former Sen. Jamby Madrigal. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Senatorial candidate Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal could still face the consequences for holding a contest over social media with an iPad as a prize even though she has stopped it.

“Even though she has removed it, it was already started,” Brillantes told reporters Wednesday.

“If we find there is a violation, we will continue the case, disqualification and possible criminal election offense,” he said.

Madrigal was found to have held a contest in Facebook with a post on February 14 detailing the mechanics. Netizens were asked to complete the sentence “corruption is bad because…” and the best answer would win an iPad.

The post indicated that the contest would end on March 12 and the winner will be announced on March 15.

“I think no prize has been given yet so the act has not yet been consummated. But we are not yet done checking, we are still verifying if there is a case to file,” Brillantes said.

Director James Jimenez of the Education and Information Department of the Comelec said in a forum of the Internet and Mobile Marketers Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) early Wednesday that though Madrigal’s contest was not violating any Comelec rules and regulation, it might be a violation of the Omnibus Election Code.

Jimenez said that under Section 97, the contest or game Madrigal was holding was prohibited.

“Sec. 97. Prohibited raising of funds.—It shall be unlawful for any person to hold dances, lotteries, cockfights, games, boxing bouts, bingo, beauty contests, entertainments, or cinematographic, theatrical or other performances for the purpose of raising funds for an election campaign or for the support of any candidate from the commencement of the election period up to and including election day;” according to the Omnibus Election Code.

Madrigal has issued a statement late Wednesday saying that the contest was done by her volunteers and the she apologized Comelec perceived it as a campaign violation.

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  • primark

    i will vote for you sen madrigal we need people like you in the senate may god bless you

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YUHNRXD2SMYRGJ7GQOS3L2K4ZA Cannabis

    Kung gusto nyo talagang kanain yan e di dapat pina-consumate nyo na muna…napakaikling panahon lang aantayin nyo nainip na kayo agad…punta kayo sa Novaliches, yung paakyat ng simbahan sa Quirino Hi-way…nagmumura ang tarpaulin ni Annie Susano dun…super sa laki…pagdating ng simula ng local elections at di pa tinanggal yun e siguradong violation yun pero di yun makakasuhan.  Siya rin yung last election na may hawak na copy ng memory card sa pcos machine at bawal yun di naman sya nakasuhan, sinabi lang nya wala na….

  • popeyee

    Account nya yong nasa fb tapos pagbibintangan yong mga supporters? So, mga supporters ang ipakukulong mo?

  • pedronimo

    I AM NOT A REGISTERED VOTER BUT..The prohibition should consider the substance , not the form of the contest. The contest fielded an objective non-partisan but relevant question . Jamby’s name is not even mentioned in the contest, Kung sinabe ng tanong ay” Si Jamby Madrigal ay laban sa_____________”, That is a leading statement and obviously politically-motivated.

  • $23257130

    ikulong si jamby, ppppppppppwwweeeehhhh kadiri eeeeewwwwwwww

  • josefe38

    KA PARTIDO KAYA YAN NI ABNOY, WAG NA KAYONG AANGAL. 

  • Sugbuanon86

    P0TANG INA MO PNOY.

    AKALA KO BA MGA “DAANG MATUWID” ANG MGA KANDIDATO MO?

    IPINAGYABANG MO PA ITO SA ENTABLADO.

    P0TANG INA MONG SIRA ULO KA, AT NAPAKA SINUNGALING MO!

    GAG0 KA PNOY!

    SANA MAKARMA KA, UGOK!

  • Mario Salinas

    An unfortunate event for Jamby Madrigal. But she should continue. We need her in our collective desire for a corruption-free society. Go, Jamby!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/US2YWQTHBSTMDKWQA25RRE2W2I Ramon

    Jamby’s supporters must be lauded for their youthful zeal. What happened was a painful lesson. For every spank, there’s a spark. So, time to move on, revise your strategies, and fulfill your dreams of getting Jamby to the Senate!

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