Aquino favors ads’ airtime limit

Lapulapu City, Mactan - President Benigno S. Aquino III said setting an airtime limit on political advertisements will reinforce the current administration's call to minimize, if not eradicate, corruption in the country.

"I voted against being able to access media in having ads," Aquino told a press conference following the inauguration yesterday of the Mactan Island Circumferential Road at Barangay Ibo, Lapulapu City.

"What are the salaries of government officials vis a vis a 15-30 second slot? So, there is significant difference... there might be more temptation to become corrupt," Aquino added.

In a resolution released by the high court Thursday, it noted that what was issued against the implementation of Commission on Elections (Comelec) airtime limits on political advertisements is a temporary restraining order.

"Consequently, the 120 minutes/180 minutes airtime limit, per station, for candidates or registered political parties for a National Elective Position and the 60 minutes/90 minutes airtime limit, per station for a Local Elective Position, implemented in the 2010 elections shall be implemented instead in the 2013 elections pending resolution of the consolidated cases by the Court," read the SC order.