Honasan: Who cares about ‘unli’ airtime?

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VILLASIS, Pangasinan—Who cares about unlimited airtime when you can’t even raise enough money to pay for a five-minute TV campaign ad?

Reelectionist Sen. Gregorio Honasan said Wednesday he was not at all bothered by the Supreme Court ruling stopping the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from implementing its rule setting a 120-minute limit on political advertisements.

His capability to put out such ads on TV or radio was already “limited” to begin with, said Honasan.

But Rep. Mitos Magsaysay, a fellow senatorial candidate in the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), said the high court ruling lifting the Comelec-imposed limits on campaign advertisements over the various media, was a definite victory for the administration candidates and the broadcast networks.

“Definitely, the administration wins here because they have the resources to spend for 120 minutes (of ads) per radio station, per network,” Magsaysay told reporters.

Victory for networks

“It’s a victory for networks because for sure, it would bring in big money for them,” she added in Filipino.

In her case, Magsaysay said she had used up only five minutes of the 120-minute limit. She said she paid P5 million for her ads at the network rate of P1 million for every one-minute political ad.

Honasan said he had not released any TV ad, apart from the one prepared by UNA for its nine senatorial candidates. With the campaign in its last three weeks, he said he was still raising money to finance TV ads.

He said his strategy was to “go directly to the people… to bring issues to the people and rely on their collective wisdom and judgment.”

“That’s why I usually ride the motorcycle,” he said.

Magsaysay opted not to solicit campaign contributions from “big businesses,” relying instead on “people I trust whom I know won’t ask for anything in return.”

 

No political debts

“I’ll just work within my resources so that in case I win, nobody can dictate on me, nobody can control me, nobody can tell me what to do because I don’t owe any big companies any favors,” she said.

Reelectionist Sen. Francis Escudero said the high tribunal’s status quo ante order on airtime limits was both a boon and a bane for voters.

“At least they would get to know their candidates but if you would observe the advertisements nowadays, candidates have been promising almost anything,” Escudero told a news conference at the Team PNoy coalition’s campaign headquarters on Wednesday.

He asked the media to look into which campaign promises of candidates from previous elections were fulfilled.

“It’s better to get information from either a debate or actual platforms being discussed wherein one could ask what is the basis of a promise and how it can be fulfilled,” Escudero said.

The senator earlier said the high court needed to clarify what would happen to winning candidates that went beyond the limits set by the Comelec if the Supreme Court were to issue a final ruling after the elections deciding that the Comelec was correct all along in setting airtime limits.

“This is just a status quo ante order, and the decision (on the legality of the Comelec airtime limits) has yet to be made. What will happen if hypothetically the Supreme Court decides in June and says the Comelec was correct?” he said.

“The candidates who won might face a disqualification case because there will be no question that they went beyond [the limits] set by the Comelec,” he added.

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  • mabyrik

    “Honasan won’t hesitate to run away when faced with a gunman today because prudence is the better part of valor.”-Honasan said in one of PDI news report today.

    I think the quote is incomplete. It should add “….AND BETRAY MY FRIENDS WHEN NEEDED BECAUSE IT IS THE PRUDENT THING TO DO AND TO H& ELL WITH VALOR”.

    We all know who was the “Kuya” that Trillanes was referring to when their Kuya in the Magdalo uprising was nipped in the bud. Trillanes and fellow young lieutenants and men all went to jail but their kuya remained scot-free. Later, we learned that their kuya embraced GMA and was later got all the perks and benefits as a senator. That traitorous act of their Kuya spelled what he meant by “prudence”.

    Prior to their “Prudence” thing, Honasan led several coups against Cory for the SOLE purpose of installing himself and his equally evil mentor Enrile. We alll know how greedy the mentor was. is and will be. Could his protege be different? No way. Had they been successful, there would had been no freedom that everyone enjoys today and would been had been worst that the ML regime implemented by the evil mentor in connivance with Kuya.

    Now is the time for this scheming Kuya to be stopped from continually fooling the people. No more schemer, no more TRAITOR in the senate.

    Just like Judas, Honasan kissed the cheeks of his friends but unlike Judas, Honasan did not commit suicide but instead wants to kiss more cheeks, the cheeks of the people he wants to betray.

    DO NOT VOTE FOR TRAITOR!!! DO NOT VOTE FOR MURDERER!!! DO NOT VOTE FOR HONASAN!!!

    DO NOT VOTE FOR JACKIE ENRILE-ANOTHER MURDERER!!!

    DO NOT VOTE FOR NANCY BINAY, THE DAUGHTER OF THE CORRUPT VP!!!

    DO NOT VOTE FOR JV-THE SON OF A PLUNDERER!!!

    DO NOT VTE FOR ZUBIRI, THE CHEATER!!!

    • Paulstronghold

      There’s a a saying, ” There’s honor even among thieves.” Honasan is the epitome of a typical kids on the street who keeps banging everybody’s head including his own “barkadas” purely for self-interest. A double-crosser who will do everything to trade even his own dignity for a good prize.

  • superpilipinas

    Let’s teach trapos who spend hundreds of millions during camapaigns only to waste taxpayers money or be corrupt when they are elected…..

    Let’s change for a better Philippines….use genuine people power to elliminate unfair elections and wasteful campaign spending…..don’t vote for those who appear in TV and Radio ads.

  • kontra_boohaya

    Nakakasawa nga naman ang ads na yan. Katunayan sa pobinsiya, hindi nakakalimutan ang mga kandidatong nakita nila sa kanilang lugar. Si Honasan ang daming patukoy niyang guardians at minsan nakikita raw nila siya sa mga ininitation rites nila. In short, di nakukuha yan sa ads sa tv. Pasamano oks pa

  • brunogiordano

    HONASAN?????

    Hindi ka mananalo.

    Maka-DAMASO ka eh.

  • farmerpo

    The Status Quo Ante of the SC majority is a snide remark directed at the CJ. She is too young and no diapers yet. it does not have anything to do with law, just ‘paparty’ from media groups whose invitations they expect .

  • AntiAko

    P 1M per one minute of advertisement. Kung ganyan kamahal ang airtime, bakit P 150M lang ang naibayad na buwis ng ABS CBN for the whole year of 2011? That is only 150 minutes of advertisement!

    • 33Sambuang2

      take in consideration their expenses. revenue less expenses is how you pay taxes.

    • kismaytami

      Asa ka pa. Eh TV station yan ng Malacanang.

  • Brix Villapando

    honasan coup pal ka…kuhpal! tagal mo na sa seando, taon taon 200million ang pork mo tapos sasabihin mo wala ka panggastos….magkano kaya binayad nito sa PDI..araw araw may article about him……chiz aka boy pekhpek!

  • Loggnat

    Honasan only owes favors to one person, Juan Ponce Enrile and nobody else nor to those big companies. :))

  • ingbilat

    ha ha who cares about Honasan?!

  • mangtom

    Punasan, just disappear from the face of this earth, you killer.

  • mangtom

    Punasan said: who cares about “unli” air time. I say who cares about a bast@rd named punasan?

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    HONASAN NA! in the visayan dialect this means IT’S LOW TIDE. all we can do is pick up sea shells. hanggang dyan na lang, wala ng isda. wala nang maasahan. ganoon din si gorio.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marc-Avila/100004211946347 Marc Avila

    gringo honasan was the one who orders to conduct operations to kill labor leader lando olalia and alay-ay according to former sergeant desiderio perez and sergeant marine dennis jabatan .

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marc-Avila/100004211946347 Marc Avila

    ex-general ramon montano was interviewed by corina sanchez admitting (montano) that gringo honasan who is responsible for the brutality killing of the labor leader lando olalia.

  • nes911

    No to honasan.

  • MaySenseBa

    “I’ll just work within my resources so that in case I win, nobody can
    dictate on me, nobody can control me, nobody can tell me what to do except for GMA and Miguel Arroyo,” Mitos said.

  • rinom

    honasan keeps on deceiving the people because of his selfish desire.

  • disqusted0fu

    Why has this become a big issue in the first place? The campaign period is almost done anyway. What everyone especially the Comelec should be paying attention to is acquiring the necessary source code for the PCOS machines and making sure that it is works properly.

  • Guest

    apobado budget ninyo agad next time mga sc justices….tyak un…kumapi ba naman kau sa admin politiko

  • tarikan

    Who the H.e.l.l. cares about you, Gringo Ungasan or Kuya (as mabyrik says below). Over-rated intellectual from the PMA (producer of putschists, millionaire generals, berdugos, etc.).

  • Concur_Dissent

    Wala na daw pera si Honasan…. walang pangbayad sa unli….pero mukhang unlimited exposure siya dito sa PDI…. apat na araw ka ng laman ng PDI ah! video interview pa! TRAPOS TALAGA!

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