Airtime limit sa mga political ads, pinigil ng Korte Suprema

admin   •   April 17, 2013   •   3738

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)

Supreme Court resets oral arguments on Anti-Terror Law to Feb. 2

Robie de Guzman   •   January 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The oral arguments on the controversial anti-terrorism law have been moved to February 2, the Supreme Court announced Friday.

This is after staffers of Solicitor General Jose Calida tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Considering the meritorious request of Solicitor General Jose Calida that his Assistant Solicitor General and some staff who will attend the oral arguments have been tested positive for COVID-19, you are hereby informed, per instruction of the Honorable Supreme Court, that the oral arguments is reset to February 2, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.,” the Clerk of Court said in a statement.

“No further postponement will be allowed,” it added.

The high court originally scheduled the oral arguments on January 19.

JBC opens application for Chief Justice after SC OKs Peralta’s early retirement

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened the applications for chief justice following the Supreme Court en banc’s approval of the early retirement of Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta.

In an announcement, the JBC said the applicants may submit their applications and other documentary requirements on February 15.

Applicants must visit the JBC website and access the online application scheduler from 8 a.m. to 12 midnight not later than the said date, it added.

The JBC said Peralta’s optional retirement was approved by the magistrates on January 5 during their first en banc session this year. He will step down from office when he turns 69 on March 27, one year ahead of the mandatory retirement age for judges and justices.

The SC in December confirmed that Peralta opted for early retirement but did not disclose the reason.

Peralta was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as SC chief justice in 2019.

When he retires, the five most senior magistrates in the high court will be automatically nominated for the post, subject to their confirmation. They are Justices Estela Perlas Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Alexander Gesmundo, and Ramon Hernando.

Voter registration to resume on January 4, 2021 – COMELEC

Robie de Guzman   •   December 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The voter registration will resume on January 4, 2021, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced on Wednesday.

“If you missed the last day of #VoterReg2020, don’t despair just yet. #VoterRegistration will resume January 4, 2021. #MakeAPlanToRegister then. #MagparehistroKa!” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said in a tweet.

In an earlier advisory, COMELEC said the last day of voter registration for this year was on December 29, 2020.

The voter registration was also closed during the special non-working days and regular holidays for the month of December.

Voter registration is conducted from Mondays to Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Friday as the designated disinfection day unless the local government unit prescribes a different disinfection day, the advisory read.

The poll body reminded the public that anti-COVID-19 protocols are being strictly imposed in all COMELEC offices.

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