Comelec may charge Hontiveros, Maceda variety show appearance to airtime rule


Senatorial candidates Ernesto Maceda and Risa Hontiveros. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The appearance of senatorial candidates Risa Hontiveros and Ernesto Maceda in two separate variety shows over the weekend could be charged to their total airtime minutes, Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said Monday.

“I got reports on appearances in variety shows by senatorial candidates and I’ve formalized a request to their parent companies or whoever is producing them to give us a copy of those programs,” Jimenez told reporters Monday.

Jimenez was referring to Akbayan representative Risa Hontiveros and former senator Ernesto Maceda who appeared in Gandang Gabi Vice and Wowowillie, respectively.

“Guesting on variety shows is not prohibited per se, that’s OK, but there will be implications on your time limit, meaning it might be charged to their [number of allowed minutes],” Jimenez said.

In the case of Hontiveros, there was a “paid for, paid by” jurisdictional statement displayed the entire time she was on the program, which Jimenez said made it “clear that they intended for that to be a television advertisement.”

“This is the first time that guesting on a variety show has been explicitly branded as a political ad by any candidate,” Jimenez said.

“I’m very curious as to how the network will report this particular contract, if it will be a contract for an appearance or a guesting and whether or not it will include in that contract a stipulation on how long that candidate will appear on air,” he said.

Jimenez said that “it’s a certainty” that Hontiveros will be charged the time because it was very clear they intended her guesting to be a television advertisement.

“No need to debate anymore whether it was an ad or not, obviously it is an ad, [we’ll] look at the length of exposure because that will be charged to the total allowable time limit,” he said.

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    The comelec MAy Charged them…Just charge them,and discualified them!

  • JasonBieber

    Hontiveras appears to be working above the rules thanks to her buddy PNoy. She also has the most infractions in terms of illegal posters according to the Comelec but again thanks to her buddy PNoy the Comelec has not done anything to punish her. The only thing she’s gotten are notices…4 of them! It pays to be Team PNoy or PNoy KKK.

  • carlos_premacio

    si team patay at team kilay.

  • Yan

    “Charge” here means deduction from the allowed airtime for candidates’ ads. For Hontiveros’ case, it was explicit that it was an ad. If she appeared on air for ten minutes on GGV, then ten minutes will be deducted from her allowed time of appearance on TV ads.

  • Ismael Adriatico

    Buti pa tong si Hontiveros inaaming political ad yung guesting nya. Di gaya nung iba dyan.

  • disqusted0fu

    No one can ever tell who’s in or who’s out in the senatorial race, especially since the PCOS machines are inaccurate and the Comelec has neglected this issue. But one thing’s for sure, team Pnoy candidates are leading the race when it comes to violations on campaign rules. But as a party endorsed by Pnoy, they should enjoy the benefit of exemption from repercussion.

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