Comelec questions timing of SC decision on poll ads’ airtime limit



Commission on Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/LYN RILLON

MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Tuesday questioned the timing of the decision of the Supreme Court (SC), saying it was “very unusual.”

“It is very unusual nowadays that the petition is filed early and then the [Status Quo Ante order] comes out this late,” Brillantes said in a televised phone interview.

“Why do we not resolve the merits instead of coming out with a SQA?” he said.

The SC had earlier issued the SQA on Comelec’s airtime limit rule under resolution 9615 based on several petitions of reelectionist senator Alan Peter Cayetano, GMA Network Inc., TV5, and Bombo Radyo.

The petitions were filed in the SC as early as February when the election campaign was just about to start.

“Why did it take so long? Why only now when the campaign season [is almost finished],” Brillantes told reporters in an interview. “We dont understand.”

“I’m very, very disappointed,” he said.

Brillantes further said that he might take one or two days off to rest and then he will talk with the President and ask Aquino whether he might be the problem and if he should be changed.

Previously, the SC had issued a decision against the Comelec when it tried to have the “Team Patay, Team Buhay” tarpaulins in Bacolod taken down.

SC had also remanded the cases of the disqualified partylists back to the Comelec for review with additional guidelines.

The Imus mayoralty case between Emmanuel Maliksi and Homer Saquilayan was also reversed by the SC despite initially deciding with the Comelec in favor of Saquilayan.

Resolution 9615 limits the airtime of candidates’ political advertisements to an aggregate of 120 minutes for television and 180 minutes for radio.

Local candidates are allowed an aggregate total of 60 minutes for television advertisements and 90 minutes for radio.

The airtime limit for previous elections was on a per station basis instead of aggregate total.

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  • Fulpol

    what timing Brillantes?

    anong magagawa mo kung lately lang nilang itong napag-usapan…

    there is complaint.. SC discussed the complaint based on merit.. SC decide…

    hindi SC ang nagpapalakad ng COMELEC.. idiot..

    Brillantes, if you are there to regulate, there is the SC to determine if your regulation did or did not violate the constitutional rights of the candidates or other parties,, if only there is complaint…don’t be idiot..

  • boybakal

    Airtime limit, minor ads….these are just paraphernalia of election.
    Nothing to worry about, No big deal….Election campaign is almost finish.

    That ruling is immaterial as the campaign is almost in the finish line and the people will take over by going to the poll and vote.

  • Guest

    Advantage sa mga rich candidates like Cayetano and Villar ang desisyon ng yan ng SC. Paano na ang hindi maperang kandidato?

  • Guest

    Actually, ang mga Villars ang nag-push ng petition na yan sa SC, ginamit lang nila ang puppet nilang si Alan Cayetano.

  • Guest

    Yes tama ka. yan ang goal ni Alan Cayetano, ang sipain si Loren Legarda sa No. 1 position. ambisyo talaga si Alan.

  • disqusted0fu

    Mr. Brillantes, why is the source code taking so long? Why haven’t you done anything about it even up to now that the campaign season is almost over? Why are some PCOS machines still defective? We don’t understand.

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