Comelec airtime limit rule on poll ads stopped

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MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court on Tuesday stopped the Commission on Elections from implementing its resolution that imposed a cap on airtime of campaign advertisements.

Voting 9-6, the high court issued the status quo ante against the Comelec resolution on airtime limits on political advertisements.

The Justices who voted for the status quo ante were Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco, Teresita Leonardo De Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Martin Villarama, Jose Perez, Jose Mendoza and Marvic Leonen.

The justices who voted against the SQA were Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Associate Justices Arturo Brion, Mariano Del Castillo, Roberto Abad, Bienvenido Reyes and Estela Perlas-Bernabe.

An SQA is issued to preserve the last actual peaceable and uncontested status before the litigation or filing of a petition which means, on this case, as if there is no Comelec resolution to implement yet.

Petitioners are questioning the legality of the Comelec resolution.

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Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said Comelec Resolution 9615 that put a limit on 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.

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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  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    kaya siguro wala nang airtime invite si brilliantes from korina ay may cap din sa abs-cbn. a dose of your own mediciine.

  • common_juan

    Wow UNA ako este una pala ;-)

  • common_juan

    money moves in mysterious ways…lalalala :-)

  • w33k3nd3r

    The Comelec is saving the people from vomiting during their supper time whenever they see the wretched faces and hear the blithering lies of TRAPOS and POLITICAL DYNASTY advertisements. Please, spare us your lies, politicians! Even the Supreme Court can be bought with campaign money now!

    • Bisdak_kaayo

      ahem Hindi ba patas ang batas?

      Kung ang salesman has the unlimited time in advertising his product, bakit ang politiko may limit sa oras sa pagshare ng kanyang mga views and ideas?

      Kung ang pastor or preacher has the unlimited time in preaching his beliefs and religion bakit ang politico may limit sa oras pag siwalat sa kanyang mga views and ideas?

      Double standard ba ang freedom of expression sa constitution?

      Abir. sagotin.

      • Jlgp Jong

        Ang
        salesman, unlimited dahil nagnenegosyo. binabawi ang gastos sa pag
        advertise sa binebentang produkto. ang politika ba e negosyo? Oo nga
        pala, negosyo na. Namumuhunan mga politiko (read: trapos) tapos babawiin
        pag nakaupo na at sangdamakmak na tubo pa.

        Ang pastor o preacher naman unlimited din dahil yun ang kanilang
        buhay. Mas madaming mapasunod, mas madaming magbibigay abuloy sa
        kanila. Ang politika ba e buhay na ng mga politiko? Oo nga pala, yun na
        lang ang kanilang buhay. Tingnan mo, mula sa kanunununuan, hanggang sa
        kaapuapuhan (red: political dynasty), politika na ang ginagawa nila. Mas
        marami silang makunbinsing (read: madenggoy) mga tao, mas malaki
        tsansang maupo sila sa pwesto at tuloy, tuloy, tuloy, tuloy, tuloy and
        ligaya nila.

        Ayan, me sagot ka na.

  • kilabot

    the media, which is supposed
    to be on the side of fairness and level playing field,
    has shown it’s greedy and wanted a big slice
    of the politicians’ campaign pie.
    it’s all about business profit, folks.

    • Johnny

      True and I hate that Alan Peter Cayetano is doing this. Paano na ang fairness sa mga poorer but deserving candidates? This will only favor media & selfish trapo.

    • Bisdak_kaayo

      While I agree the Media is the greatest beneficiary of the Supreme Courts decision, the comelec resolution is unconstitutional. Alam niyo kung bakit? wala pong limit sa ORAS ang right of freedom of expression na nakasaad sa constitution. The comelec commissioners should know this better after all they are lawyers.

      • nicosan fopalan

        hindi absolute ang rights ng tao. meron parameters na pwedeng i set ang gobyerno para ma isa ayos ang mga bagay bagay. yang freedom of expression na lang na sinasabi mo.. merong libel/slander na kaso. yung oras naman, kaya nga nag implement ng air time limit. kaso nga lang, malaking PERA ang involved kaya nagkandaloko loko na… I pity COMELEC… lahat ng tamang gawin nila, binabaliwala ng SC.

      • Bisdak_kaayo

        The limits are already set in the our criminal law system. Slander/Libel is prohibited by our criminal law. For as long as you are not violating the criminal law of the land ok ang freedom of expression. Let me ask you, Why is it that a salesman has unlimited right of freedom in advertising his product through all means and a politician does not have the same right to sell his views and ideas? Why is it that a religious preacher has unlimited right of freedom in preaching his beliefs and religion and the politician does not have the same right to preach his beliefs and ideas?

        Double standard ba?

        For as long has hindi ka nang-apak ng Tao and you did not do any crime, ok lang unlimited ang daldal mo.

      • rene

        sana tanggalin na rin ang campaign period, supression din ng freedom of speech yan, wala ng limitasyon…palakihan na ng poster wala na ring regulasyon, labo labo na, yan ang gusto mo eh…

      • Bisdak_kaayo

        no problem with campaign period kung tangalin ang limit sa campaign period dahil wala pang election nangampanya na sila by announcing their candidacy in the public.pwede mangampanya kung hindi pa nagfile ng candicacy saka nalang ang probihition to campaign kapag naka file na. Anong kagaguhang patakaran iyan.

        with regards to size of posters, it becomes an eye sore kung mas saan nalang idikit on an public property. Ok lang palakihan ang posters kung nagrenta sila ng private property. kapag public property ang paguusapan dapat igalang nila ang karapatan ng publiko dahil iyan ay pag aari ng mamamayan. If private property, they can do what ever they want.

      • Felix Alcantara

        I totally agree.

      • http://twitter.com/alfs_alfs Pons Corpuz

        Freedom?? This is PAID expression. a.k.a. advertisement.

      • Bisdak_kaayo

        Ang batas po patas.

        Kung ang salesman has the unlimited time in advertising his product, bakit ang politiko may limit sa oras sa pagshare ng kanyang mga views and ideas?

        Kung ang pastor or preacher has the unlimited time in preaching his beliefs and religion bakit ang politico may limit sa oras pag siwalat sa kanyang mga views and ideas?

        Double standard ba ang freedom of expression sa constitution?

        Abir. sagotin.

      • regd

        Dahil ang mayaman na katulad mo ay kayang makabayad ng unlimited airtime samantalang ang mahirap na tulad namin ay hugis pencil lamang sa papel? Patas ang batas di ba?

      • Bisdak_kaayo

        And since when pinagbawalan ang mayaman na bumili ng maraming bahay? Kasalanan ba ng mayaman kung marami siyang pera ibili ng bahay? At yung mahirap kubo lang ang mabili?

        And for your info, the ads of the politicians does not necessarily money come from them, karamihan they have supporters who paid for their ads. Kasalanan ba ng politician kung popular siya kaya maraming nagdonate sa kanya ng advertisement?

        Your arugment is unconstitutional dahil never po nagbabawal ang constitution dahil mayaman ang tao. Imbento mo lang iyan.

      • $44479964

        Is that you Peter?

      • Guest

        Ang salesman, unlimited kasi nagnenegosyo. binabawi nya ang binabayad sa advertisement sa binebentang produkto. Ang politika ba e negosyo? Oo nga pala, negosyo na ngayon. Namumuhunan mga politiko (read: trapos) at babawiin sa kaban ng bayan pag nakaupo na pati na sangkatutak na tubo.

        Ang pastor o preacher unlimited kasi yon ang kanilang buhay. Mas madaming makumbinsi, mas malaki ang koleksyon. Ang politika ba e buhay na ng mga politiko? Oo nga pala, buhay na nila yon. Tingnan mo, mula sa kanunununuan hanggang sa kaapuapuhan (read: politcal dynasty), nasa politika sila. Mas madaming makumbinsi (read: madenggoy) mas malaki tsansang maupo sa pwesto at tuloy, tuloy, tuloy, tuloy, tuloy ang ligaya nila.

        Ayan, me sagot ka na.

      • Bisdak_kaayo

        hay naku ang constitution hindi po selective sa application ng batas, regardless anong uri ng profession at pagkatao mo, patas ang batas.
        There can be no distinction between the universal right of a salesman, a preacher and a politician. Do not force your argument dahil wala sa constitution ang sinasabi mo.

      • http://twitter.com/alfs_alfs Pons Corpuz

        First. That’s false analogy. Salesmen and pastor are very much different from a politician.

        Second. We are talking paid advertisements not freedom of speech.

        Third. If I follow your logic, can I make an advertisement telling the people of the Philippines that you are an idiot? of course you will say that I can, as per the constitution, but you will slap me with libel. So kung totoo sinasabi mo, nasaan ang freedom doon?

      • alfred sanchez

        tama! marami dito dapat tumira na lang sa middle east kung ayaw nila ng karapatan nila, nakakasuka mga tao dito dark ages mag isip

      • regd

        Problema na ng mga mahirap kungdi sila makasabay sa anung kaya ng mga mayayaman. Di ba Bis?

      • tagaDumantay

        Kaya pag talak ng talak ang misis mo syo, paulit ulit ang sabih ng batungan ka, huwag kang magagalit kasi walang time limit ang right of freedom of expression.

    • kokak

      Agree! Shouldnt the media (GMA7, TV5 and Bombo Radyo in this case) be just unbiased chroniclers of what is happening? Right now they are joining as litigants for the sake of the rich candidates. Yeah, because of three things: profit, profit and profit.
      .

  • TwiggyRamirez

    “The Supreme Court stopped the Commission on Elections from implementing its resolution that imposed a cap on airtime of campaign advertisements.”

    …pera-pera lang yan. lahat ng sangay ng gobyerno natin, may katumbas na halaga.

    • Bisdak_kaayo

      Hindi ba patas ang batas?

      Kung ang salesman has the unlimited time in advertising his product, bakit ang politiko may limit sa oras sa pagshare ng kanyang mga views and ideas?

      Kung ang pastor or preacher has the unlimited time in preaching his beliefs and religion bakit ang politico may limit sa oras pag siwalat sa kanyang mga views and ideas?

      Double standard ba ang freedom of expression sa constitution?

      Abir. sagotin.

      • John Armamento

        freedom is never absolutely. even God sets limits to the freedom of men..

      • Bisdak_kaayo

        huwag ka patawa since when God set a limit of time for salesmen to advertise their products? And since when God set a limit of time for pastors and preacher to preach their faith?

        ThatS only your personal opinion. And your opinion is not supported by the bible nor the constitution of men.

      • RNKR2005

        President Ramon Magsaysay said that “he who has less in life should have more in law.” If the Comelec doesn’t apply airtime limits, richer/popular candidates would have higher chances of winning by pure name recall by simply filling the airwaves with their name 24/7 compared to common folks. No matter how immoral or inept or unqualified a person. he will always have better chances of getting elected than someone who is educated, good-natured but less popular.
        Besides, ang batas ay hindi palagi dapat patas ang pangunahing layunin. It is also about the common good of the people.

      • Bisdak_kaayo

        Agree those who have lesser in life should have more in law. But it does not mean you deprive rich people of their rights. Dito sa Canada where I am now, poor people are receiving subsidies and other financial assistance from the Government, but the government here did not curtail of the freedom of expression rights of the rich, just to make the poor to have more in life.

        Hindi porket, bigyan ng priority ang mahihirap, aapakan nalang ang karapatan ng mga mayayaman who are also entitled to the same rights provided in the constitution.

      • RNKR2005

        If you’re interpretation of this is that the priviledged are being denied their rights, I think you’re taking it a little too extreme. IMO, political advertisements are more propaganda than freedom of expression. Freedom of expression is a right, but expressing that right in front of the general public is more of a priviledge that only those with means have access too.

        It was just a few months ago that the Supreme Court denied an artist’s freedom of expression because it stirred up a distasteful reaction from the Catholic clergy. But allowing the rich to have unlimited airtime just because they have the money gives undue advantage to the elite. Meron ba “guns, goons & gold” sa elections diyan sa Canada? Philippine politics is not just dirty, but deadly even to the lowliest of positions. The elite would not want to change the status quo because they would be risking their hold on power. Limiting everybody’s airtime is just levelling the playing field, not depriving the rich of their “right”. It’s time too break the cycle…

      • Bisdak_kaayo

        Ahem. you did not understand why the Supreme Court denied the artist. There was an issue of violation on morals on the artist work. Katulad iyan ng slander at libel which are considered crime. Alangan naman e allow ang artist mag produce ng obsence at immoral na larawan. That is the limit set by law. But the right of free expression is unlimited if it did not violate any law or do any crime.

        Level the playing field? Guarantee ba na kapag marami kang advertisement ikaw ang mananalo? In the case of Villar who is a billionaire, did his massive advertisment campaign made the difference in his bid for the presidency? It even contributed to the the economy because of the multiplier effect of his spending. Ilan tao ang kumita dahil sa paggawa ng advertisement. Ilang TV, radio station at newspaper ang kumita. Do you deny these people the opportunity to earn?

        It is a universal right for everyone to earn a livelihood, for as long it is morally right.

      • RNKR2005

        When did I use the word “guarantee” or anything to that effect? I said “higher chances” previously. There’s a difference.
        Just look at the case of senator candidates Binay and Hontiveros. It’s clear that Hontiveros has the experience and credentials to be a senator, but Binay is ahead in poll surveys mainly because of the fact she is using the Vice President’s surname. What more once the opposition party’s political ads start to bombard the airwaves when election days is near.
        It’s a rare occurrence when the people place talent and experience above popularity and name recall.

    • Benigno the Turd

      I suppose that includes justices appointed by Pnoy like Leonen, who voted for the Order.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jocken-Dano/100002588330624 Jocken Dano

    our COMELEC is just simply putting our election into order. kapag walang control yan kakainin lang ng mayaman ang walang perang candidato. well, as what most people said pere pera lang yan kung may limit nga naman walang kikita pero sayang they could have let it go. God Bless our land . . . .

    • Bisdak_kaayo

      Ahem ba patas ang batas?

      Kung ang salesman has the unlimited time in advertising his product, bakit ang politiko may limit sa oras sa pagshare ng kanyang mga views and ideas?

      Kung ang pastor or preacher has the unlimited time in preaching his beliefs and religion bakit ang politico may limit sa oras pag siwalat sa kanyang mga views and ideas?

      Double standard ba ang freedom of expression sa constitution?

      Abir. sagotin.

      • Guest

        Ang salesman, unlimited dahil nagnenegosyo. binabawi ang gastos sa pag advertise sa binebentang produkto. ang politika ba e negosyo? Oo nga pala, negosyo na. Namumuhunan mga politiko (read: trapos) tapos babawiin pag nakaupo na at sangdamakmak na tubo pa.

        Ang pastor o preacher naman unlimited din dahil yun ang kanilang buhay. Mas madaming mapasunod, mas madaming magbibigay abuloy sa kanila. Ang politika ba e buhay na ng mga politiko? Oo nga pala, yun na lang ang kanilang buhay. Tingnan mo, mula sa kanunununuan, hanggang sa kaapuapuhan (red: political dynasty), politika na ang ginagawa nila. Mas marami silang makunbinsing (read: madenggoy) mga tao, mas malaki tsansang maupo sila sa pwesto at tuloy, tuloy, tuloy, tuloy, tuloy and ligaya nila.

        Ayan, me sagot ka na.

  • Mr Moonlight

    let COMELEC do their job you fuuuuucking Supreme Court

  • bogart

    nakkasuka na na ang ads ng mga politico. anong pinagsasabi ninyo. ginigipit ang contitutional rigths of information. . sa may pera lang yan . . bkt pati contitution dinadamay pa.

  • jorgii0550

    1st the party list group now this?……SC is becoming a cancer to our country.

  • carlo

    mga MEDIA nga naman…

    lumalabas ang pagkaMUKHANG PERA NILA…

    WASIL din pla ung campaign nila against EPAL-KUPAL-POLITICIANS….

    ggwa sila ng advertisement na
    guide sa tamang pagboto at pagpili ng kandidato
    tpos cla mismo ay gstong mkuha
    ung pera ng bayan…. NKAKAAWA naman….

  • askal2u

    wow ilan kabang yaman kaya ginastos ni cayetano para sa TV add nya eh wala naman ginawa yan sa senado kundi puro papogi lang

  • pgsalt

    This goes to show that tv networks like GMA and ABS-CBN are just another bunch of crooks disguise in sheep’s clothings.

    All the more reason I will not vote for Cayetano….

  • pgsalt

    SC – the last bastion of the corrupt and the greedy

  • nakawan

    Long live the corrupted Supreme Court of the Philippines! They have successfully ensured that faulty campaign procedures will continue to prevail! First they shot down the proposal of the Comelec to disqualify the questionable Party Lists, next they will vote down electronic counting of votes and revert back to the status quo :) I love corruption so very much!

    • Bisdak_kaayo

      Naku poh Hindi ba patas ang batas?

      Kung ang salesman has the unlimited time in advertising his product, bakit ang politiko may limit sa oras sa pagshare ng kanyang mga views and ideas?

      Kung ang pastor or preacher has the unlimited time in preaching his beliefs and religion bakit ang politico may limit sa oras pag siwalat sa kanyang mga views and ideas?

      Double standard ba ang freedom of expression sa constitution?

      Abir. sagotin.

      • Yusuke Zenkibuta

        hoy tumigil k n bisdak ilan beses na nasagot ang walang kwntang tanong mo ayaw mo pa tumigil..

      • nakawan

        Haha! I’m on your side! Dapat talaga payagan ang mga politiko na gumarapal sa airtime ng mga ads nila! Kakapagod na ang kagaguhan ng administrasyon ngayon e, wala ng kurakot tulad ng dati! KAKAMISS!!! I WANT CORRUPTION!!!

  • carpediem123

    leonin! what a piece of snake this boy has turned out to be.

  • alfred sanchez

    magandang decision, marami dito willing isacrifice ang constitutional rights natin dahil lang sa mga pulitiko, kalokohan ginagawa ng comelec pati size ng mga poster sila dapat ang masunod? kaya nga may freedom of expression, speech, etc tayo, yung iba dito nag dudunung dunungan lang ang alam lang sabihin, corrupt,libre,corupt,libre ayan lang ang alam ng kukote, economy and security muna dapat unahin ng gobyerno

  • Karabkatab

    Paging DENR. Our airwaves are getting polluted everyday… Help… Nandyan pa yung walang sawang roving vans ng mga politikos, complete with blaring Sound systems. Ang badoy, kala mo naman pinakikinggan ng mga tao. Pwe…

  • Karabkatab

    Advice to the Public… Always have your TV remote within your reach. Be sure the batteries are new and the buttons are all working, especially the “Mute” button. Pestering ads of politicos will be very heavy to extreme from now on to May 13. Better still, turn off your TV and do some gardening…

  • MnlaBoy

    Stop the freedom of speech and right to information crap.
    It’s all about the profit of speech!

    I’m guessing these networks lobbied because they won’t be able to hit their financial projections for the year because of the restrictions imposed.

    Stop lying to us media.
    At the end of the day, we know it’s business.

  • http://twitter.com/sanjuro3410 butch ignacio

    pera pera lang sa tv media yan pero sino yumaman mga ceo tapos mga staff sa media kadalasan mga talent walang benefits kung mag trabaho lagpas walong oras.

  • shane oy

    money talks….. mawawalan ng gatasan ang mga networks kapag nilimitahan..

    sana may magfile din airwave pollution laban sa mga networks at politiko.

    • http://inquirer.net unokritiko

      that means the supreme court judges has a share regarding financial gains thru under the table from this networks. I bet. that is the usual work of this judges whom I call criminal in robes!!

      • Benigno the Turd

        Like justice leonen? Pnoy appointee

  • Ako_Hiking

    When it affects Aquino candidates negatively, certain rules are considered unconstitutional but if it benefits them and affects the political opponents the rules are considered just and necessary.

  • Isko

    “The Supreme Court on Tuesday stopped the Commission on Elections from
    implementing its resolution that imposed a cap on airtime of campaign
    advertisements.” I think it would be better for this country to just abolish the COMELEC and let the Supreme Court take over matters pertaining to elections. The Supreme Court is all but politics also, operating on the principle of numbers; not unanimous in the interpretation of the law.

  • verconti

    yawa mani si peter oi.. way pulos..

  • manuel yaptangco

    Once again, it is proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that, in this country, cash is king and the rich wield tremendous power over established institutions, the SC included. It goes without saying, the executives of the 3 major TV networks must be grinning from ear-to-ear in the wake of the SC ruling. I feel sorry for the less privileged candidates who can’t compete with their well-heeled opponents in churning up pricey political ads that cost an arm and a leg…they never stood a chance. Yet another black-eye for the SC.

  • Hunter421

    Whats the point of the COMELEC if the SC just stops all of their decisions? The SC should be held in contempt of the Constitution.

  • Fulpol

    if you have no chance of winning? why you run?

    if it is popularity contest, why you run if you are not popular?

    the true culprit in a stupid election is not the ads of the candidates, it is the voters…

    if the voters think that those candidates showing massive ads in TV are not trustworthy, so they should not vote for them.. simple as that..

    Supreme Court decision is just right… the problem is not the massive ads of the candidates to lure voters.. the winning just depends on the voters.. and not on the massive ads..

    people who hates SC decision are just stupid…

  • Winzum Daoas

    The airtime limits should be there to limit the advantage of moneyed candidates over the not so moneyed in the fields of advertisements. This smacks of utter elitism.

  • John Armamento

    the main petitioner is GMA. Ans basing on the previous statements from its chairman, they have a real vested interest on this issue.

    seems like the SC does not understand the term “level playing field”.

    to GMA: it’s all in the love of money…

    • Benigno the Turd

      Also TEAM PNOY CANDIDATE ALAN PETER CAYETANO.

  • BatangSingapore

    malinaw na against sa mahihirap na kandidato ang pagbawi ng limitasyon sa pag ere ng pangangampanya. ang batas ba talaga sa pilipinas ay palagi lang pabor sa mayaman at dynasty?

  • Guest

    SC na dapat magpatakbo ng Comelec…Di namaka diskarte ang chairman nito…Walang kwentong pamumuno ng babae..sereno na yan

  • BatangSingapore

    eto ang eksaktong halimbawa na ang batas sa pilipinas ay pabor lamang sa mayaman.

    ngayon mga filipino pabor ba kayo sa mga ganitong kandidato? cayetano simulan mo na magdasal at siguradong talo ka na. NO TO LP! NO TO TEAM ABNOY aka TEAM PATAY.

  • $44479964

    GMA: Serbisyong totoo lamang.

  • speedstream2

    Isn’t the behavior of this Supreme Court kind of strange? Aren’t its decisions of late sort of second-guessing the Comelec, which is a constitutional body? Btw, where will the candidates source the millions that will be needed to finance political ads on television and radio? Hope the Comelec will really take a hard look at the campaign expenditures of candidates, The BIR may also want to take a second look at the declared incomes of candidates to see if these can stand the test of legitimacy and believability. And, of course, the income of media establishments from political ads need to be watched too.

    • Benigno the Turd

      There are campaign spending limits. So there is a theoretical limit to how many ads can be bought, assuming of course, spending is monitored strictly.

  • jga94

    Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said Comelec Resolution 9615 that put a limit on the advertising time of a candidate is “unconstitutional since it limits the people’s right to information.”

    Then it follows na dapat walang limitation whatsoever……magugustuhan yan ng mga TV stations..para tiba-tiba sila….

    Right to information….exactly what information have the public gotten from these pol ads?more like propaganda…and propanganda does not necessarily mean facts or information…more like misinformation….

  • josh_alexei

    there is already the limits to which each candidate and party can not exceed to spend as per rule…this should be strictly enforced…and there is also a limit as to how much each individual can contribute for political fund for election campaign…this too should be strictly enforced. and that by enforcement of limits will also limit the Air time for Alan Cayetano…

  • guest

    The UP-Ateneo Court has still time to flip-flop or change its mind. The court has really lost its credibility.

    • Benigno the Turd

      Pnoy appointee Leonen, who voted for the TRO is from UP.

  • Benigno the Turd

    Two Pnoy appointees favored petition of Team Pnoy candidate. Baka naman is GMA may kasalanan uli.

  • josh_alexei

    since Senator Cayetano justify his non limitation for air time as for the PUBLIC RIGHT to INFORMATION I hope he will be sponsoring the Public Freedom to Information Act the next Session of Congress..Hows that for Public right to information or Access to Information?

  • agaylaya

    Wow.. with the limited time available from today to election time, media rates will certainly shot up. Business and money, money, money. Happy days are here again.

  • Raymond Ang

    Cayetano puts a nice spin in this issue. Using freedom of speech and expression as a reason against implementing restrictions in campaign airtime. We all know that air time is expensive, only the rich and powerful are the ones capable of buying air time. So whose right to freedom of expression is he protecting? And all the while, the supreme court keeps on blocking COMELEC’s efforts to level the playing field.

    • Jose Bonifacio

      I agree. Sometimes, you can convince people based on how you “frame” the issue. I can’t believe the nine justices fell for that.

  • Albert Einstien

    well i sympathize with COMELEC …it seems com. brilliantes is for PRO-POOR candidates….his reforms are well meaning but even the PALACE dont support his CRUSADE ..especially his recommendations…maybe com. brilliantes is ACTUALLY LOOKING for a WAY out but cant pin pnoy in the public’s eye..he might blame it on SC …..then he will say he is resigning for HEALTH REASONS….before elections…..i pity the man ..he entered the world of IMPOSSIBLE PEOPLE the HYPOCRITE WORLD……..these politicians abhor reforms even pnoy….he is just good in propaganda using his yellow zombies….and spin everything…too sad for this country..we have HALF alien BLOOD leaders…chiNOY & gerLAN…LEADERS should be FULL BLOOD.. : > ).

  • speedstream2

    Are some candidates and their cohorts beginning to show their true colors? Well, come election day, they could be in for surprise with a lesson or two on genuineness. Many voters are not easily fooled these days.

  • johnlordphilip

    Supreme court justices that are honest are still out-numbered by justices that are corrupt and pro-Arroyo; slowing all the necessary reforms in the govenment.

    • Benigno the Turd

      How does that fit with the fact that it was a Team Pnoy candidate who asked for the TRO and two Pnoy justices voted in favor to grant it? Epic fail noytard.

  • Pogi=”No To Political Dynasty”

    Ang Supreme Court ay ginawa ng mga Elitista para sa kanila hindi para sa mamayan. Buwagin na lang ang Hudikatura ng Pinas. Palitan na lang ng katulad sa Singapore, Tsina, O Canada.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Is the SC sabotaging the Comelec? This is pretty alarming because the SC is trying to take away power from the agency that is task to regulate the elections.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Bottom line. TV stations like GMA 7 is supporting this not because of freedom of information but because of projected sales of airtime from moneyed candidates. Mahiya naman kayo channel 7, dahil di na kumikita shows nyo pati eto pinapatulan nyo. Hahahs.

  • kokak

    .
    “The resolution.. smacks of prior restraint…which is a clear affront to the freedom of speech or expression.”

    The candidates, in filing their candidacy, implicitly agrees to be subservient to the rule of the Comelec. You give up some rights for the sake of fair play. You dont throw your weight around. That’s arrogance.

    Why not also cry “unconstitutional!” when comelec bans liquor for a few days? Why not cry “unconstitutional!” when comelec bans oversize posters? Answer: Because election is such a critical event that we have to give up some rights for the sake of fair play. (Its another matter if the rights to expression by the voters themselves are threaten).

    Freedom of expression by candidate is not restrained. They can still say what they want. Only the airtime is restrained. Imagine that the whole campaign period is a big debate stage. When the host says your time is up, you dont cry “unconstitutional!”. You stop and yield the floor.

    The rich candidates and the greedy media won in this decision. People’s interest, and unfortunately COMMON SENSE, has to take the back seat for now.

    Welcome to the Philippines.

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  • King Kong Dantes

    Mga gunggong kayong hindi sumasangayon sa decision ng SC. Wala nga daw clear guidelines kasi yung batas na kung paano yung aggregation ng airtime. Tapos, pag di pa nasunod yung unclear tracking ng airtime ay liable ang mga radio and TV networks at pwede silang kasuhan.

  • mabyrik

    SC is telling the whole world that “Mess with me and you will feel my wrath”.

    Looks like SC is running the show, not only of the judiciary, but also of the executive, of the legislative and even Comelec by issuing TRO left and right.

    Twister12 is correct. The majority of SC are against all kinds of reform. It looks like the majority of SC wanted to restore back the impunity during GMA’s time to spite Pnoy and Sereno discreetly telling them that they are the gods.

    I would suggest to Carpio, etal to choose among themselves who is going to replace Brillantes since they think they know better in running an election.

    Better still, they should also choose among themselves who can be the commander -in-chief, the new SP and the new speaker of the house since they the gods (sarcasm).

  • disqusted0fu

    There are so many problems concerning the elections… And there’s none bigger than the problems of the PCOS machines along with the absence of the source code. The Comelec has to focus on this problem more than anything.

  • Chris Lim

    ganito nalang para ok…… during the campaign period, all national candidates must be given free airtime by all tv and radio networks. so that the candidates will not spend so much money on advertisement, so they may not be tempted to recoup whatever they spend if and when they are elected to office…… tingnan lang natin kung meron pang hihirit ng unlimited airtime.

  • GeorginaBilson

    what I dont understand is theres only one candidate that considers the ad limit a problem? It’s more of a problem if we see cayetano ads almost every single channel thanks to this. watch how cayetano will abuse this…

  • GatasNgCow

    greedy talaga ni cayetano. bigla nag issue na toh??? ilan weeks nalang election na e. ginagamit lang ung freedom of information para maka lagay na madami na ads sa tv. grabe naman….

  • SuyaMelk

    alan peter looks like a problem when re-elected. are you seriously telling me he spent resources to take away the fair game when it comes to tv ads?

    • DonkeyKong1

      he attacks whatever affects him and his plans, nothing more. he’s the only candidate that had a problem with this rule comelec included. obviously that messed up something for him. yan si cayetano, galaw lang sya kung affected sya…

  • AriannaDraws

    alan peter cayetano,,,isang trapo na wala paki sa bansa. asan na ung pork barrel funds mo? san na napunta!?!?! malamang hindi sa bansa…

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