Comelec keeps airtime limits for candidates

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 01 2013 02:34 PM | Updated as of Feb 01 2013 10:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections is sticking to the aggregate airtime limits for broadcast political advertisements once the official campaign period begins.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said they are keeping the aggregate computation of 120 minutes for tv and 180 minutes for radio for national candidates and 60 minutes for tv and 90 minutes for radio for local candidates.

Brillantes revealed this was the consensus after the special en banc session of the Comelec after its public hearing for the appeals raised by the Kapisanan ng mga Broadcaster sa Pilipinas and GMA Network Inc.

Aside from this, the Comelec is also keeping the right of reply provision. He, however, explained that this will be further clarified in an amendatory resolution.

The Comelec will amend the provision on prior consent before the tv and radio guestings of candidates during the campaign period, saying this will be amended to mean prior notice.

The full resolution is being drafted and expected to be released next week. The official campaign period for national positions begins February 12, 2013.