CAMPAIGN TIME. In the launching of Candidates’ Hour, the PIA and COMELEC discuss the factors that should be kept in mind during election.

Dir Licas: “Choose responsibly and keep track of your Bets”

Jerico Joshua Kahulugan

Cagayan Valley

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan—As media practitioners, we must help the public to be informed about their bets in order for them to choose responsibly and keep track”, Dir. Purita Samonte Licas, Regional Director, Philippine Information Agency 2 (PIA-2) said on the launching of “Candidates’ Hour”, February 15, 2019.

The PIA-2 Informers Club and the Commission on Election launched the Candidates’ Hour this morning together as an avenue for the candidates to present their platforms.

Atty. Jimms Dandy Ramos, City Election Officer said that there are many factors affecting the election period which violates Republic Act 9006 or Fair Election Act.

“An act to enhance the holding of free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections through fair election practices”, Ramos said.

Moreover, “this factors should not be tolerated and if seen in streets, our office is open to complaints”, Ramos added.

Meanwhile, Regional Legal Counsel, Atty. Boris Banauag on election forms of advertisement said that any campaign advertisement should be registered and reported to the COMELEC for proper guidelines.

Paid advertisements in print or broadcast media: Provided, that the advertisements shall follow the requirements set forth in Section 4.

Based on the law, requirements for Published or Printed and Broadcast Election Propaganda.  Any sample list of candidates or any published or printed political matter and any broadcast of election propaganda by television or radio for or against a candidate or group of candidates to any public office shall bear and be identified by the reasonably legible or audible words “political advertisement paid for”.

It should be followed by the true and correct name and address of the candidate or party for whose benefit the election propaganda was printed or aired.