Comelec to tighten rules on election 'color motifs'

  • Philippines boosts MERS monitoring after UAE nurse scare

    Philippines boosts MERS monitoring after UAE nurse scare

    AFP News
    Philippines boosts MERS monitoring after UAE nurse scare

    The Philippines said Saturday it was stepping up its defences against the deadly MERS virus, with the large numbers of Filipino workers in the Middle East seen as potential carriers. …

  • Filipinos se crucifican de verdad en Viernes Santo

    Filipinos se crucifican de verdad en Viernes Santo

    Associated Press
    Filipinos se crucifican de verdad en Viernes Santo

    SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Filipinas (AP) — Creyentes en el norte de Filipinas se clavaron de verdad en cruces de madera al emular la crucifixión de Jesucristo ante la mirada de miles de espectadores locales y extranjeros que presenciaron estos ritos sangrientos anuales con motivo del Viernes Santo en el principal país católico romano de Asia. …

  • Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church

    Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church

    Reuters
    Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church

    By Erik de Castro CUTUD, Philippines (Reuters) - Nearly 20 Filipinos and a Danish filmmaker were nailed to crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, a practice the Roman Catholic Church frowns upon as a distortion of the Easter message. The annual Philippine ritual draws thousands of spectators to San Fernando, 80 km (50 miles) north of Manila, to see penitents flagellate themselves and a series of crucifixions in a recreation of Christ's death on the cross. "It was a …

  • Autopsy to ID dead boy; body cast off side of road

    Autopsy to ID dead boy; body cast off side of road

    Associated Press
    Autopsy to ID dead boy; body cast off side of road

    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — All Massachusetts authorities could say for sure is that they found the lifeless body of a small boy, apparently cast off the side of a highway. …

  • Historic mass in Turkish-held north Cyprus 'like a miracle'

    Historic mass in Turkish-held north Cyprus 'like a miracle'

    AFP News
    Historic mass in Turkish-held north Cyprus 'like a miracle'

    With a nighttime procession lit by the glimmer of devotional candles and the flash of smartphone cameras, a church in Turkish-held northern Cyprus hosted its first Easter mass in nearly 60 years. Hundreds of Greek Cypriots crossed the Green Line to attend the ceremony at Famagusta's church of St George Exorinos, in the part of the Mediterranean island occupied by Turkish forces since 1974. Bishop Vassilis, wearing robes embroidered with gold and white and accompanied by a top Muslim cleric …

Just how far will the Commission on Elections go in a bid to tighten campaign finance rules?

Apparently as far as monitoring even the use of colors in campaigns.

Ever-ubiquitous "color motifs" of candidates or political parties will now be considered "political advertisement" and "election propaganda" under new Comelec rules.

"If identified with a candidate, [colors may be] used for partisan political politics. Colors mean a lot. They are symbols," Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento told reporters Wednesday.

"Kaya naisip ng commission na pati ang kulay dapat i-monitor namin (That's why we thought that we should monitor even colors)," he added.

The inclusion of color motifs as ads or propaganda are laid out in Comelec Resolution 9615, which also imposes stricter limits on election ads through broadcast and online media.

If ads and propaganda, including colors, that are linked to candidates or parties appear or are mentioned in print and broadcast, it will be "counted against the airtime limits allotted for the said candidates or parties..."

The cost of such also be charged against candidates or parties' expenditures, the resolution noted.

Officials admitted, however, that they are still threshing out operationalized rules for the monitoring of colors.

The rules, including those on color motifs, are "vague in new provisions but very clear on others," poll chief Sixto Brillantes told reporters Tuesday.

He added, however, that the poll body will have time to polish implementation during the campaign period which starts Feb. 12 for national candidates and local candidates on Mar. 29.

For his part, Sarmiento said Comelec officials will "meet and dialogue with political parties."

"Pag may kulay na pula eh di ganito yan. Pag kulay orange, kay ganito yan. Yung green alam din natin yan. (Red is for this party. Orange is for this candidate. We also know who uses green)," Sarmiento said.

"So surely, we will dialogue with candidates," he noted.

The poll body will also tap its citizens' arm, civil society groups and volunteers, among others, to help with the monitoring, Sarmiento said.

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options