'Bato' movie 'can be a problem' for Senate hopeful says Comelec

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 07 2019 11:00 AM

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MANILA - A movie about senatorial aspirant, former police chief Ronald Dela Rosa, can be developed but it cannot be shown during the campaign period, the Commission on Elections said Monday.

The film about Dela Rosa's life, to be starred by action star Robin Padilla, is slated for release in 2019, according to a teaser posted by the actor on his Instagram page.


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But it cannot be exhibited during the campaign period, which starts on February 13, otherwise it "can be a problem" for Dela Rosa, said Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez.

Actors and other TV personalities, such as news anchors, are all prohibited from appearing on their broadcast shows during this time "because this is part of the fair play that we want to promote," he said.

"If there’s a movie or a television show that deals with the life of a candidate or the personality of the candidate, or featuring the candidate as an actor portraying someone else, that cannot be shown during the campaign period," he told ANC's Headstart.

"Exhibition during the campaign period is likely to be counted as an election offense and election offenses can be punishable by disqualification," he said.

As President Rodrigo Duterte's first police director general, Dela Rosa had been at the forefront of the administration's war on drugs from 2016 until his retirement in April last year. He was later appointed the director general of the Bureau of Corrections.

If elected a senator, he said he would push for reforms in the police force and the restoration of the death penalty.