Airtime limit sa mga political ads, pinigil ng Korte Suprema

admin   •   April 17, 2013   •   3682

FILE: Supreme Court and COMELEC Logo (UNTV News)

FILE: Supreme Court and COMELEC Logo (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Pinigil ng Korte Suprema ang implementasyon ng airtime limit na itinakda ng Commission on Elections sa mga political ad.

Sa botong 9-6, naglabas ng status quo ante order ang korte at inatasan ang komisyon na huwag munang ipatupad ang Section 9-A ng Comelec Resolution 9615.

Sa naturang resolusyon ay nililimitahan ang kabuuang airtime ng patalastas ng isang national candidate sa 120 minutes sa telebisyon at 180 minutes sa radyo.

Ngunit dahil sa status quo order ng Korte Suprema, babalik ito sa naunang panuntunan na 120 minutes bawat istasyon ng TV at 180 minutes sa bawat istasyon ng radyo.

Bumoto pabor sa status quo order sina Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio at sina Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Junior, Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Martin Villarama, Jose Perez, Jose Mendoza at Marvic Leonen.

Hindi naman pumabor sina Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, at Associate Justices Arturo Brion, Bienvenido Reyes, Roberto Abad, Mariano Del Castillo at Estela Perlas-Bernabe.

Tinututulan ng mga petitioner kabilang si Senador Alan Peter Cayetano ang airtime limit na itinakda ng COMELEC.

Ayon kay Cayetano, unconstitutional ang airtime limit dahil paglabag ito sa right to information ng mga botante upang makilala nang husto ang mga kandidato.

Katwiran pa ng senador, malinaw na 120 at 180 minutes bawat istasyon ng radyo at telebisyon ang itinatakda ng batas at hindi sa kabuoan ng kampanya, kaya’t maituturing na judicial legislation ang ginawang pagbabago ng COMELEC. (Roderic Mendoza & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Comelec to revert weekday schedule for voter registration on Nov. 9

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2020

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on Thursday (October 22) that it will revert to weekday schedule for voter registration beginning November 9.

When Comelec resumed voter registration last September 1, it was scheduled to be conducted from Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said reverting to the weekday schedule will provide the agency time to disinfect offices on Saturdays.

“The Commission on Elections deems it necessary to revert to the weekday schedule to make way for Saturday disinfection days in all Offices of the Election Officer nationwide,” he said.

However, the Comelec official clarified that voter registration in areas under localized Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) will remain suspended.

Comelec also reminded the public that minimum health safety protocols will also be implemented during the registration to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Wearing of face mask and face shield is mandatory, the number of people to be allowed inside the COMELEC office will be limited to ensure compliance with physical distancing requirements, and applicants are encouraged to bring their own pens,” Jimenez said. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Supreme Court Chief Justice Peralta wants probe on ambush of CamSur Judge

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2020

Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta has called on law enforcement agencies to immediately investigate and arrest those behind the attack on a Camarines Sur Regional Trial Court judge and her aide that left them injured.

“I strongly condemn the recent attack on Judge Jeaneth Gaminde-San Joaquin of Libmanan, Camarines Sur and her companion. I urge all law enforcement agencies to immediately investigate the matter and ensure that the perpetrators of this crime are apprehended,” Peralta said in a statement posted on Twitter.  

“An attack on our judges is an assault on the Rule of Law. This has no place in a civilized society like ours,” he stressed.

An initial police report showed that Camarines Sur Regional Trial Court Branch 26 Judge San Joaquin and a member of her staff, Rocelle Martinez were aboard their vehicle going to Naga City when they were attack by two unidentified gunmen.

The incident occurred on the afternoon of Oct. 20 in Barangay Puro Batia in Libmanan, Camarines Sur.

The two sustained injuries and were taken to a hospital for medical treatment.

Ex-Comelec chairman Jose Melo passes away

Robie de Guzman   •   October 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Former Commission on Elections (COMELEC) chairman Jose Melo has passed away, the poll body’s spokesperson announced.

In a message posted on Twitter, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said Melo died on Sunday night. He was 88 years old.

“Sad news tonight. Just received word that Chairman Jose A.R. Melo, former SC Justice, and the COMELEC Chairman who oversaw the country’s transition to full automation from 2008 to 2010, has passed away. He was 88 years old,” Jimenez said.

He, however, did not disclose the cause of Melo’s death .

Prior to leading the poll body, Melo served as Supreme Court Associate Justice for nearly 10 years.

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