SC to hear oral arguments on Team Patay, Team Buhay tarpaulins




MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court will hear today the arguments of both the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Diocese of Bacolod regarding the posting of “Team Patay, Team Buhay” tarpaulins.

In a three-page advisory, the high court has given the following points to be discussed by both parties:

1. Whether or not the February 22, 2013 Notice or the February 27, 2013 Order by the Comelec Law Department can be reviewed by the Supreme Court.

2. Whether or not it is relevant to determine whether the tarpaulins are “political advertisement” or “election propaganda” considering that petitioner (Diocese of Bacolod) is not a political candidate.

3. Whether or not the tarpaulins are a form of expression (protected speech), or election propaganda/political advertisement.

4. Whether or not the Comelec order violated the Constitutional principle of separation of church and state.

5. Whether or not the action of the petitioners in posting its tarpaulin violates the Constitutional principle of separation of church and state.

Early this month, the high court stopped the Comelec from implementing its order to remove the Team Buhay and Team Patay tarpaulins placed in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City.

The urgent petition was filed seeking to declare as unconstitutional the Comelec’s order maintaining that it infringes on their right to freedom of expression and violated the principle of separation of Church and State.

The case stemmed after the Comelec issued a notice asking the petitioners to remove the tarpaulins for violating the Comelec regulation on campaign materials in private properties.

After the church refused to comply, Comelec legal department director Esmeralda Amora-Ladra issued a warning that if the tarpaulins will not be removed, they will be charged with an election offense.

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  • CyberPinoy

    This is a clear violation of “Separation of Church and State” which the CBCP has been violation for a long time. They should be finally be dealth with once and for all. Masyado na nagiging pakialamero ang simbahan sa politika, they should be reminded that they are not a God that is always right.


      Who is always right then ? The LP of Abnoy ? The Comelec ? or the One in Power.

    • patrickinca

      Heretic! I will ex-communicado de potpot you….

    • mxsclxmxn

      pssttt…shut your mouth…magagalit sayo un team mo dito kung ano ano pinagsasabi mo…team heretic at team taning!

    • ShibumiNinja

      the law protects religious belief FROM THE AWFUL POWERS OF THE STATE

      • ShibumiNinja

        pwede maki alam ang simbahan sa Estado as a voter as a citizen BUT hindi pwede maki alam ang ESTADO sa simbahan In Any Way Manner Shape or Form…BECAUSE

        religious belief of any sort is protected by the 1987 CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES… that is what that constitutional rule says.

      • ShibumiNinja

        that rule AIMS TO PROTECT BELIEF from the Awesome Powers of the State that is why THERE IS SEPARATION of Church and state… bobo mga teacher ninyo kung tinuro nila wlang paki alaman ang ibig sabihin yang rule na yan.

  • Jarred Pulido

    What are we arguing about? Its a campaign material that is oversize. You can put as many as you want but in 2 x 3 ft. only.


      Let the SC consume their time arguing. As for the Diocese, just tore away “Team Buhay” for they are not saints anyway then enlarge the names of “Team Patay”.
      It’s simple clever as that.

      • Jarred Pulido

        as long as they follow the 2×3 rule there will be no argument from me.

      • mxsclxmxn

        Blind! where can you find that here presented by the Supreme Court? 2×3 rule? Baka rule ng pastor mo! Ask mo nga sya ulet. Mukhang mali un coaching sayo!

      • Jarred Pulido

        Siguro tatay mo ay member ng team tatay? Di kaya? Ito para matapos na ha at maka get over ka na sa pastor mo ha. Wala akong kilalang pastor kahit apelyido na pastor wala ok? Gets mo na mr razor thin brain? Ang kilala ko ay mga DOMINICAN priest who serve at our CHURCH and some I have know since college since I went to one of their schools and two S.J priest when I was taking my masters in Ateneo. yan ha. ok na ha. At wag kalimutan inumin ang gamot baka mag bubbles ang bunganga. Musta na nga pala yung imaginary friend mo si Cheryl ba yun?

      • ARIKUTIK

        Let us add some intelligence in interpreting that 2×3 poster size rule. Simple common sense is actually more than enough. As we all know, election campaign posters are pasted on walls and hanged on lamp post along the streets. A size rule was crafted so as not the entire streets are covered with ugly Giant posters. That is a commendable idea.

        Now then the church chapel is not a wall on the street or lamp post meant for campaign poster simply because there is only ONE CHURCH in a village. Therefore, any poster hanged by the diocese in their own private wall is not covered by 2×3 poster rule. Common sense says so.

  • artgarcia

    For the first time in so many years, we have a Comelec at least doing it’s job and guessed what the Supreme Court puts a monkey wrench. Only in the Philippines


      For the first time in history, Comelec have become freedom of speech censor. For the first time in history, the Comelec is under the command of an Abnoy ruler.

      • Jarred Pulido

        If you can understand the point of comelec. You can put as many as you what as long as its 2 x 3 ft. because it is a campaign material. Again no one is limiting some freedoms here just follow the rule of 2 x 3 ft. The Bishop can put hundreds of team tatay i mean team patay all over the church property but again follow the 2 x 3 ft. rule.

      • mxsclxmxn

        Wow mali! From 1 to 5, there is no argument posted by Supreme Court on 2×3 ft dimension! Sharpen your brain please!

      • Jarred Pulido

        2 x 3 is the rule on campaign poster which the comelec requested that they follow. Ang talas siguro ng brain mo sobrang nipis

  • i_am_filipino

    because the word ‘Patay’ has a lot of expression, good or bad, but if you put another so called Team Buhay, the word patay became very inappropriate unless someone can post and convince us that is indeed an acceptable word.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    The Supreme Court forgot these issues:
    1. Whether or not the Supreme Court is a snail with arthritis.
    2. Whether or not a snail, arthritic or not, can turn turtle.

  • saktolang

    pati ba naman walang kuwentang poster ng simbahan kailangan pang idala sa SC. Ang daming kaso na dapat desisyonan ng korte pero eto sila busy sa poster.

  • Gordo Viejo

    Let them hear arguments on “Team Ingay.” There;s too much noise pollution from both sides.

  • Jane Tan

    #4 and #5, both no.

  • mxsclxmxn

    Matindi to! Pastor Apollo Quiboloy —Appointed Son of GOD! <– anak ng tipaklong…pano nangyari ito!

  • mxsclxmxn

    Ito born again din style…may sariling reliyon din!

    Iglesia ni Cristo believes that Iglesia ni Cristo is the true church established by Jesus Christ, because the name Iglesia ni Cristo or Church of Christ is the name of the church that built by Christ that shown in Romans. 16:16.

    the official doctrines of the church profess that Jesus Christ is the founder of the INC[15] and that Felix Manalo was the last messenger, sent by God to re-establish the Christian Church to its true, pristine form because the original church (Catholic) was apostatized.

    Magaling! Magaling nga maginterpret ng bible itong si Manalo!

  • mxsclxmxn

    Hhhhmmmm…inggitan ba sa reliyon? Ito pa ang isa!!! Kanya kanya gawa reliyon!

    Jesus is Lord Church (JILCW, also known as JIL Church, JIL Movement, or JIL, previously named JIL Fellowship) is a Charismatic movement in thePhilippines headed by founder Bro. Eddie Villanueva.

    JIL started with 15 members in 1978. As of 2010, members growth up to 6 million believers. Its world headquarter is located in Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines.

    This is private interpretation. Kanya kanya tyo ng reliyon. Bukas meron na naman bagong protestant religion ayon kay pastor siempre!

  • mxsclxmxn

    May Dating Daan din. Ito ayaw pa awat kay Bro. Ely! Matindi to! Pastor Apollo Quiboloy —Appointed Son of GOD! <– anak ng tipaklong…pano nangyari ito!

  • marionics

    nandyan na si topak!!!! hahaha

  • Anna Gwyneth Sorio

    Kung bawal yang Team Patay, Team Buhay posters, eh ipagbawal din dapat sa Iglesia ni Cristo, Jesus is Lord at iba pang religious groups ang BLOCK VOTING.

    At kung tatanggalin nga yang mga tarpaulin na yan dahil lang sa may pangalan ng mga kandidato, eh tanggalin na din yung mga EPAL labeling sa mga projects.

  • marionics

    team topak/flip strikes again!!! hahaha

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    dioces of bacolod mga demonyo impakto ang nasa loob na obispo gus2 mag parami ng batang hubo radical mapia salot sa pinas!

  • kilabot

    given the sc sqa decision on the rhlaw,
    the sc will decide pro-church;
    as a gift to the new pope.

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