Cayetano gets SC nod to intervene in networks’ plea vs airtime cap



Senate Alan Cayetano. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court opted not to stop the Commission on Elections from implementing its resolution that puts a cap on airtime of political advertisements.

Instead, during Tuesday’s en banc, the high court granted the petition of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano to intervene on the petition filed by television networks and radio stations assailing the Comelec’s ruling.

The high court also ordered Comelec to respond within 5 days to Cayetano’s petition.

In his petition-in-intervention, Cayetano said Comelec Resolution 9615 that reduces the advertising time of a candidate is “unconstitutional since it limits the people’s right to information.”

Cayetano also noted that the resolution “smacks of prior restraint” which is a clear affront to the freedom of speech or expression.

“Instead of focusing on limiting advertising time, Comelec should focus on monitoring candidates’ campaign spending and the source of the funds used to advertise,” he added.

GMA7, TV5 and Bombo Radyo filed separate petitions with the high court assailing the said Comelec resolution.

GMA7, in its 56-page petition said Comelec Resolution No 9615 and its amendment Resolution No. 9631 are both “too restrictive.”

TV5, on the other hand, said the new rule is “vague” because it failed to provide for a definite manner in which aggregation shall be made “thus making it difficult or impossible for media outlets to comply while subjecting them to possible criminal liability and loss of franchise permits.”

Under the rule, at the start of the campaign period, Feb. 12, all national candidates will have 120 minutes in all TV networks and 180 minutes in all radio stations. Local candidates, meanwhile, have 60 minutes in all TV networks and 90 minutes in all radio stations.

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  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Hey, come on you Comelec people. Why don’t you just let Alan Peter Cayetano as much air time as he wants. He’s just ranking 3rd in recent surveys. Hindi pa sapat yun. We should help him outrank Legarda and Chiz. He deserves it. He knocked out Enrile and Gigi Reyes in less than 3 minutes of verbal tussle. That’s a lifetime achievement. Let’s all give it up for Alan Peter Cayetano. Let’s vote him as the No. 1 Senator. Chiz and Loren, move over.

  • bagombong

    Ano pa ba ang ikinatatakot itong Peter C. na ito…kahit nga di magpakita sa tao eh..kilalalang kilalala na sya, ano pa ba ang dapat nilang ipangako sa taong bayan eh lagi naman sila nangangako bawat halalan…di pa ba sila nagsasawa sa kapapangako…alam naman nila kayang tuparin ang bawat pangako nila ,,,o anong klaseng bagong pambobola ang i-air nila sa tv na dapat makita ng mga taong laging nabobola nila.Nakaka 12 taon na sya sa gobyerno, di pa ba sapat yan sa kanila…gusto nila silasila na lang ang uupo lagi..

  • Johnny

    Insecure itong taong ito. Hindi fair yan sa mga independents na wala pera pero gusto mag-serve ng tapat.

    I would prefer na makita kung saan ginagastos ung mga pork ninyo kasi un ang totoong “unconstitutional since it limits the people’s right to CORRECT information.”

  • bagombong

    ito naman supreme court, pakialimero, dapat huwag na silang makiaalam pa sa sistema na gustong gawin ng COMELEC, wala na silang karapatan pa na baguhin ang gusto ng COMELEC dahil sila ay independent body, let them do there duty, lahat na lang pinakikialaman, kaya walang asenso ang bansa natin eh..


      They are (Comelec)independent body same as House of Senate and Reps so as The Justice/Courts..but doesnt mean the SC cannot intevene with the ruling,SC being Supreme is the highest court of the land,kaya nga mabagal justice system dito eh dahil pag acuited ka sa local court pagdating sa SC guilty ka and vice versa..Hindi naman nakikialam and SC unless may magfile ng case or Motion..

  • jga94

    “unconstitutional since it limits the people’s right to information.”

    Huh?! Right to information….na factual… puros propaganda lang naman laman ng mga pol ads…..plastic naman itong si Cayetano….

  • Manuel_II

    ayaw na lang kasi pabayaan gumastos ang mga taong may pang gastos, sa kanila naman pera yan, hindi naman pera nyo ginagastos nila. LOL

  • Jose Paman

    STOP “Political Dynasty”- Isang pamilya pag-aari buong probinsya……………..

  • kill37

    saw saw suka naman to si cayetano sa issue.

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