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Donated ads need written acceptance of candidates – Comelec

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Sunday that donated political advertisements cannot be displayed, printed, published, or broadcast without the written acceptance of the candidate being promoted.

(MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

(MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Comelec Commissioner Luie Guia cited Section 4 of the Fair Election Act, which states that the “print, broadcast, or outdoor advertisements donated to the candidate or political party shall not be printed, published, broadcast, or exhibited without the written acceptance by the said candidate or political party.”

The “acceptance” by the candidate referred to in the law, he said is necessary in order to prevent a candidate from saying that an ad obviously promoting him is not his or that he has nothing to do with it, and that he may therefore not include the ad cost in summing up his campaign expenditures to determine compliance with the expenditure limits.

“This requirement is intended to plug what was then a loophole in the law,” said Guia.

“It’s not Comelec which required this. It’s in the law,” he added.

“This is all about fairness and level electoral playing field,” said Guia.

Violation of the said law will be considered an election offense.

The poll body started documenting the unlawful campaign materials of senators and party-list groups running in the midterm polls Friday. #MatalinongBoto2019

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