GMA7 brings pol ads protest to SC

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 08 2013 05:06 PM | Updated as of Feb 09 2013 01:06 AM

MANILA - Broadcast network GMA7 has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to nullify the current airtime limits set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on political advertisements of candidates and political parties in the May mid-term elections.

In a petition for certiorari filed this afternoon, GMA challenged Comelec Resolution No. 9615 which ordered a 120-minute airtime limit for television advertisements and 180-minute limit for radio ads for national networks, and a 60-minute limit for local television advertisements and 90-minute limit for local radio advertisements.

GMA7 lawyer Lia Arles said that apart from Sec. 9A of the assailed resolution which provides the above-stated airtime limits, Sec. 7A of the same resolution should also be nullified.

Sec. 7A bars political advertisements that are donated or free advertisements on behalf of candidates or their political parties without a certificate of acceptance from the candidate/party.

Arles said the assailed parts of the resolution violate freedom of speech and of the press, and the right to suffrage.