Thursday, February 11, 2010

COMELEC and PPCRV Asked Celebrities Backing Candidates to Go On Leave

Celebrities endorsing electoral candidates will have to go on leave or resign permanently from their TV shows if they continue to endorse candidates. The media outfit also has to stop airing the shows of the entertainer, or the column of the columnist as stated in the Fair Election Act or Republic Act 9006.

The Commission on Election (COMELEC) announced that this rule will take effect starting next week to monitor the media exposure of personalities and celebrities on TV and radio.

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) also said that the Fair Election Act made it mandatory for actors, columnists and other mass media personalities endorsing candidates to resign or take a leave from their TV shows or media outfits during the campaign period.

Section 6 (6.6) of the Fair Election Act or Republic Act No. 9006 states: "Any mass media columnist, commentator, announcer, reporter, on-air correspondent or personality who is a candidate for any elective public office or is a campaign volunteer for or employed or retained in any capacity by any candidate or political party shall be deemed resigned, if so required by their employer, or shall take a leave of absence from his/her work as such during the campaign period."

Famous showbiz personalities known for endorsing a political candidate in the 2010 election are Kris Aquino, Boy Abunda, Willie Revillame, Sarah Geronimo, Michael V., Dingdong Dantes, and Dolphy.

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