Comelec asked to leave Internet alone

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Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero has called on the Commission on Elections to leave the Internet alone, saying this is the only venue where candidates can campaign for free.

“Yung sa Internet dapat huwag nilang pakialaman…” Escudero said in a radio interview Friday.

“Yun na nga lang ang libre, yun pa ba ang pakikiaalaman nila?” he said.

A resolution issued by the Commission on Elections provides that “online advertisement, whether procures by purchase or given free of charge, shall not be published more than three times a week per website during the campaign period.”

But Escudero doubts if the Comelec can strictly monitor the ads on Internet.

“Yung sa Internet, suntok sa buwan ng Comelec yan. Ni hindi nila kayang imonitor yun at di nila kayang bantayan yun. Hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit sinama nila yan,” he said.

The senator, who is seeking re-election in the May 2013 polls, meanwhile, welcomed the limited airtime a candidate could buy in the traditional media, such as radio and television.

In fact, he said, the Comelec may even give a candidate more than the  total of 120 minutes airtime on all television stations and more than the 180 minutes for all radio stations.

After all, Escudero said, only a few candidates may afford longer airtime specially on television.

“Yung sa TV balewala sa amin yun dahil maski gawin pa nilang 500 minutes yung 120 minutes, balewala din sa amin dahil sobrang laking pera ang kailangan mo para mag advertise ng 500 minutes,” he said.

“Sa 120 minutes na lamang kung ilalagay mo yan sa primetime, humigit kumulang P90 million ang babayaran mo. Ilang kandidato lang ba ang may ganoong pera para gastusan yan. Ilang kandidato lang ba ang kayang ubusin ang 120 minutes? Kami hindi namin kayang ubusin yun,” Escudero added.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAB42FXZYNCU3ODZNRCDRDTGAY MORE HUMAN

    cyber crime law … ipinasa mo… tapos … ngayon ito … 

  • RiverHorse

    Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, why don’t you lead by example and LEAVE THE INTERNET ALONE as well?!

  • Santosark

    huwag na huwag nyong dadayain ang mga tao at agawin ako demokrasya na naiiwan sa bansa. kasi pag ito tinanggal nyo, ano tayo, Tsina? Gusto naming ipagsabi sa buong pilipinas ang mga gusto naming manalo dahil pinapaniwalaan namin sila. hindi dahil pogi, maganda, mayaman o kung ano pa mang mga kadahilanan. Madrigal para senador!

  • tabalu

    leave internet alone? pwe tapos isa ka sa nag-papasa sa cyber crime law eh kung murahin kaya kita dito.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rod.salvdor Rod Salvdor

    tama ka chiz masyadong mahigpit ang comelec sa salita pero sa gawa walang wala disqualification e tapos na nanungkulan bago lumabas desisyon usad pagong

  • mamamia

    ang pilipino madaling makalimot, chiz ikaw ung kasama sa senado na nag pasa ng cyber crime law na parang rush id, ngayon gusto mo gamitin ito? tsk tsk si kabayan nadaan sa love story ni chiz at heart.. kawawang bayan ko.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

      see how shallow we are? all people need is a love story to veer away from the real issue. may isang word lang para diyan e. baduy. 

  • CheapJ

    Pork barrel should be abolished. This is the politician’s motivation to seek for an elective office as they can easily recoup all their expenses from the election. Without the pork barrel, there will be a drastic drop from these vultures.

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