Santiago bill will put an end to premature campaigning | Inquirer News

Santiago bill will put an end to premature campaigning

/ 02:49 AM September 10, 2012

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. FILE PHOTO/SENATE POOL

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said she will file a bill that would keep public officials from engaging in premature image-building months before a mandated election campaign period.

Santiago said the bill would require would-be candidates to file a certificate of intent to run for public office (Cirpo) six months before the deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy.


“It will be mandatory to file the Cirpo, otherwise the person will be declared ineligible to file a certificate of candidacy,” said Santiago in a symposium at the Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology in Manila.

“Once a person files his certificate, he falls under all the legal prohibitions against premature campaigning,” she said.


The bill shall prevent any person who has filed a Cirpo from engaging in the following: Endorsing any product or service, paid or unpaid; accepting any employment in any media outfit as news anchor, writer or talent; buying media space to advertise himself or a product or service, and engaging in any activity that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) considers premature campaigning.

“Under the present situation, it is legal to engage in premature campaigning. But not all that is legal is ethical,” Santiago pointed out.

She said her bill would also abolish the provision in the Poll Automation Law that provides that “any person who files his certificate of candidacy shall only be considered a candidate at the start of the campaign period for which he filed his certificate of candidacy.”

The loophole allows politicians to engage in premature campaigning even before the Comelec-mandated campaign period because they are not yet considered official candidates until the campaign period begins.

“Since it is not yet the campaign period, the ‘senatoriables’ appearing in media advertisements are not yet considered candidates and, hence, they can start to campaign. This is preposterous, ridiculous and ludicrous,” Santiago said.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Elections, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Politics, premature campaigning, Senate
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

News that matters

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

© Copyright 1997-2021 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.