Dumaguete City elections officer Jerome Brillantes recently cautioned broadcast journalists, blocktimers, radio and television station owners and managers in Negros Oriental not to abuse the Supreme Court ruling that stopped the Comelec from limiting the airtime of political advertisements.
Brillantes said the Commission on Elections has been given 15 days to file a motion for reconsideration, on the decision made Tuesday and that he expects the Comelec to be represented by the Office of the Solicitor General in filing it.
He appealed to members of the broadcast industry in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental to refrain from flooding the airwaves of political campaign materials as they could still be sued for violating the Fair Elections Act.
Under Comelec resolutions 96-15 and 96-41, the airtime of political advertisements for national candidates in all TV networks will be up to 120 minutes, and 180 minutes in all radio stations; and for the local candidates, the airtime in all TV networks will be up to 60 minutes, and 90 minutes in all radio stations.
Comelec said the resolutions were intended to lessen the disadvantage of candidates who are not financially capable to pay for the radio and television airtime.
The SC, however, granted a temporary restraining order against the two resolutions.*JFP
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