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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on Elections provides that “online advertisement, whether procures by purchase or given free of charge, shall not be published more than three times a week per website during the campaign period.”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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Tags: 2013 elections , Comelec , elections , Francis Chiz Escudero , Internet , politics

  • gilbs72

    Yes. The Internet is a democratic venue for campaigning. It gives equal opportunity to candidates, rich or poor, to present their platforms. Walang lamang ang may pera dito.  As long as walang sinasabing kasinungalingan laban sa kalabang kandidato (slander/defamation) o kaya’s gumagamit ng pera (raffles, giveaways, etc.) ay dapat ito pa nga ay i-encourage ng COMELEC.  Ang kontrolin lang yung mga campaign options that give distinct advantage to those who have power and money (e.g. the most corrupt) gaya ng TV, radio, t-shirts, posters, etc.

  • tilney

    There is no law that prohibit Internet whatever they want so what is the basis that Comelec can charge those candidates!! Comelec should first create such laws then then they  can regulate internet usage.

  • mamamia

    Diba chiz pinasa mo ng agad agaran ang cybercrme law? tapos ngayon gusto mo gamitin ang internet?

  • i_am_filipino

    BUT THE GOVERNMENT HAS THE RIGHT TO EXERCISE FAIR AND PEACEFUL ELECTION BECAUSE OF THE ABUSE OF THE RIGHT TO EXPRESS AND THEREFORE RUNNING POLITICIANS MUST FOLLOW THE GOVERNMENT WHATEVER IT TAKES TO HAVE A PEACEFUL ELECTION.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    NAISABATAS BA ANG PAGBABAWAL?  PLS I-DITALYE NGA.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Relatives yata.

    Sorsogon:

    Senator: Escudero

    Provincial Vice-Governor: Antonio Hatoc Escudero Jr.

    House Representatives:

    1st District: Salvador Hatoc Escudero III (passed away)

    Casiguran, Sorsogon:
    Vice-Mayor: Ramon Bañares Escudero
    Councilors: Dennis Alfonso Lazaro Escudero

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    I think that Chiz Escudero is trying to save Jamby Madrigal with his suggestion.
    But, it should part of any political candidate’s lookout. Generally, the problem is that the candidates belittle the Comelec and appearing to be solicitous, they first violate the premature campaigning and then advise Comelec to leave the most powerful medium of all, the Internet.

    Netizens addicted to social networking sites are the target of politicians. Comelec sees an abuse on this and it really does not matter if it cannot monitor all of the activities there. But, public vigilance caught one – Jamby’s raffle gimmick using her accounts. Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes has to crack a whip on Jamby and set her as the example by disqualification that the campaigning rules are not broken by manipulating and looking for a loophole. Escudero found the loophole to save Jamby. I hope Brillantes doesn’t buy this latest caper.

    • tilney

      There is no law that prohibit Internet whatever they want so what is the basis that Comelec can charge those candidates!! Comelec should first create such laws then then they  can regulate internet usage.

  • 12JEM

    Ano kaya ang magandang dahilan ng Comelec sa parang hindi tamang policy regarding use of internet?

    Tutulan ito…Tamang tama rito si Senator Escurdero.

  • Echuserang_Froglet

    grave comelec ha lubayan niyo nga ang internet. napaka jurrasic ng pag iisip niyo. ppppppppppwwweeehhhh kadiri eeeeeeeewwwwwww.

    mabuhay ang internet. ang tunay na pag asa ng bayan!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

      You really enjoy posting with the jejemonic words of eeeewwwww & pppweeehhhhh? Baka mauso. haha.

  • i_am_filipino

    I DON’T AGREE WITH ESCUDERO. YOU WILL BE RUNNING FOR GOVERNMENT POSITION AND I THINK YOU NEED TO ABIDE WITH THE GOVERNMENT POLICY. IF NO ADVERTISEMENT OF ANY KIND, THEN FOLLOW IT PLAIN AND SIMPLE BECAUSE IF YOU THINK IT IS NOT RIGHT, THEN YOU ARE ALREADY MAKING A COMPLICATION TO THE GOVERNMENT AND HOW MUCH MORE IF YOU WIN THE ELECTION, THEN YOU WILL BE A DICTATOR.

    • Bisdak_kaayo

      regulation of political ads  is a violation of the constitutional right of freedom of expression.  Wala pong limit sa oras at venue ng campanya ang nakasaad sa 
      constitution.



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