Comelec powerless vs 'epal' ads


Posted at Aug 31 2012 07:54 PM | Updated as of Sep 01 2012 03:54 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A spokesman for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday said there is nothing that can be done to block potential candidates from putting up posters and advertisements ahead of next year’s elections.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said that for now, the emergence of these posters and advertisements is distasteful.

The politicians involved can only be held accountable by voters themselves, he added.

Jimenez explained that under the law and jurisprudence, election regulations on campaigns apply only to candidates and only during the official campaign period, which is next year.

Right now, Jimenez said there are no candidates yet. He said that only legislative action can correct this situation now.

"Walang pagbabawal na pwedeng ilaban sa mga supposedly kandidato. Walang violation itong mga ito. Pangit tignan, sagwa but ultimately not in the realm of what Comelec can govern. Sa public ang dapat panagutan ng mga taong ito, pag nasuya publiko sa mukha nila sa ginagawang stratehiya,” he said.