Comelec rule on Internet campaigning vague–Escudero


04:49 AM January 19th, 2013


Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero has expressed reservations over the Commission on Elections’ regulation on online election advertisements, saying it could be used by a candidate’s political opponents to derail his or her Internet campaign with unauthorized ads or social media postings.

Escudero, who is running for reelection, added that the Comelec’s rule on Internet campaigning “remains a vague issue, given the innovative concept of the Internet technology.”

Comelec Resolution No. 9615 provides that “online advertisement, whether procured by purchase, or given free of charge, shall not be published more than three times a week per website during the campaign period.”

Escudero said the Comelec’s Internet regulations had many loopholes, adding that the poll body had not yet developed the core competence to provide and define standards for its usage.

“It leaves more questions than answers. How can Comelec monitor it? For example, how do they count the minutes used by a particular candidate? What if someone uploads an ad without the candidate’s knowledge or permission? Will that be counted against his airtime?” Escudero told reporters.

“What if ill-meaning protagonists will use this free uploading just to discredit a political rival? These are realities that I hope the Comelec will tread with caution and consideration,” he added.

Escudero, nonetheless, welcomed the Comelec’s regulations on limited airtime hours a candidate could buy in the traditional media. He said this would level the playing field for all candidates.

“Those who have deep resources will no longer lord over the airwaves and leave those who have meager resources way, way behind,” Escudero said.

“At least no single candidate can put one over the other in terms of airtime. It’s a fair game for everyone, it’s a welcome thing,” he added.

Escudero, a front-runner of recent polls, is a common candidate of both the Liberal Party-led coalition and the United Nationalist Alliance.

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  • Joey

    it is only vague for politicians who are looking for ways to work around the new rule… in other words, naghahanap lang ng butas sa bagong patakaran!

  • hustlergalore

    paano naman yung mga pulitiko may commercial endorsements? katulad kay chiz? LOL

  • Danyel

    parating na sila sa Senado, humanda kayo!  Boy Laway,(JV) ,…..Utak Pulbura (Jack Enrile)…..Likas Papaya Girl (Nancy Binay)….Inday Lansi (Cynthia Villar)..mahilig manlansi ng mahihirap pero cya ang nakikinabang…..walang masel (Bam Aquino, mag gym ka naman)…parami na ng parami ang mga engot at kurakot………..cyempre na jan pa rin cna Lito Lapid, Bong Revilla, Jinggoy, Sotto,  ……Nat Geo Wild and gobyerno natin, punong puno ng Leon, Tigre, Hyena, Sawa, Buwaya,Cheetah, etc. tayo at ang taxes natin ang nilalapang nila……

  • Danyel

    may naniniwala pa ba dito kay boy phekphek? He reminds me of my highly irresponsible and easy- go-lucky high school classmate…tsk tsk tsk…..isipin mong pera natin ang kinukurakot niya at ng mga tropa nya sa Senado at kongreso…… 

  • wawa2172

    All comelec commissioners seems to be ignorant of facebook and twitter or simply social networking. Its an open domain and nobody can stop one in using it for whatever purpose specifically to campaign for political position or destroy the image and character of a person this coming election. I just doubt if the IT department of the Comelec can block or disallow politician who we know will form social network addicts to flood the web with campaign materials and politcal issues. I guess even in the US walang restriction sa pag gamit nang internent for election campaign purposes. Mr. Brilliantes, think brilliantly, kahit maputi na ang buhok mo…..he he he

  • Pinoy_Reich

    Ibig sabihin Mr. Senator, bawal na daw mag-twet at mag post ng status update tungkol sa mga karumaldumal na loves story ng mga ksp na politiko (tulad mo?)

  • felipe

    laws w/o teeth will only invite untold cofusion ……

  • J

    Mas maganda na maging mandatory na lahat ng candidates must make public their source of funds for their election campaign.

  • i_am_filipino

    The MAC and IP can easily be accessed by expert to identify whether campaign ads is genuine or not so I don’t think it is a problem.

    • Archie B

      MAC and IP can be spoofed. can be masked.

  • ern

    I agree with escudero. While the intention of comelec is very good, it is simply impractical to monitor, or charge a john doe who may not even really exist by the account profile used.

    The internet is rich with impostors and foul language. Will you also take this as campaigning against a candidate? Anybody can create an unlimited number of e-mail accounts. Add to this hacking… which even the govt sites fell victims.

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