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Friday, May 6, 2016

COMELEC Says There's Nothing Wrong With Negative Political TV Ads Involving Children

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The TV networks say they complied to the Fair Elections Act which says they would not discriminate in the airing of political ads. Thus they do not admit to any fault with allowing the broadcast of the ad involving children.

"The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) clarified that it does not have the authority to approve political advertisements on television. The poll body only regulates the duration, and not the content, of political ads on TV. However, they find nothing wrong with the ad. "Sa dinami-dami ng mga eleksyon na pinagdaanan natin, ang dami-dami nating nakikita na mga negative ads talaga."

"Grace Poe, a former chairwoman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), also says there is nothing wrong with the ads using children reacting to what Duterte said."

"Parang yung pagmumura, lewd jokes, and unbelievable promises of change ni Duterte, some people do not find anything wrong with them."

"Yung mali ng pag-gamit ng mga bata nakita ninyo pero yung mali ng pagmumura sa Sto. Papa, pagpapakyu, pagju-joke about rape, pagpilit ng paghalik sa babae hindi niyo nakita?"

"The children were purposely used to hammer the message that they should always be part of the consideration in our choice of leaders of the country not only because it is for their future but also because they will emulate these leaders. Besides, the children were shown in a positive light and all pertinent laws were strictly followed."

So if we are really after fairness, does it mean we should not be too sensitive with each others' means of campaigning, and just let them be?

Pagandahan na lang ba ng ads? The more drama, the better? The more tear-jerking and emotionally disturbing, the more chances of winning?

Well, it's up to you if you want your ads to portray yourself in a positive light, or portray your competition belonging to the dark side...Balik na lang uli tayo sa usapang ito after 6 years and see if whoever won this election achieved all that they promised us.

The question is, were the candidates ever clear and precise in their promises? Wala bang loopholes for excuses?

Another huge question is "Where are these candidates getting the funds to pay for these political ads?" Hindi po cheap mag-pa-advertise sa TV so nakakagulat that even Duterte who says he is poor can quickly come out with an ad that depicts him as a protector of children. Maybe it's his supporters that are rich? Just like the supporters of Trillanes? How about the otehr candidates? Sigurado ba tayo na hindi nila babawiin sa atin ang kanilang nagastos sa pagkampanya?

Kapag nagawa nilang lahat ang mga ipinangako nila without any excuses, I will write a lengthy autobiography about them, even a book if time permits, about these candidates highlighting their achievements.

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