Monday, February 15, 2010

Comelec backtracks on celeb endorsers

February 16, 2010 01:20:00
Leila Salaverria
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines—Kris Aquino, Willie Revillame and Sarah Geronimo may now heave sighs of relief after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc Monday said it would not require celebrity endorsers, broadcasters and columnists to resign or go on leave from their media outfits for the duration of the campaign for the May polls.
The Comelec is leaving it up to the media outfits if they want their stars, broadcasters or columnists who endorse candidates to take some time off during the election season, according to Election Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal.
At the same time, media personalities should make sure that they are not using their shows to campaign for a candidate, Larrazabal said.
“As clearly laid out in the law, there is no requirement from the Comelec for a particular media practitioner to resign or take a leave. The discretion is left to the network or the person involved,” he said at a press conference.
Larrazabal added that the media personalities “must also be aware that they should not use the airtime or media space to promote the candidacy of a particular person or a particular party.”
The Comelec en banc, which met Monday morning, handed down this policy after a tempest was raised when the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) said that media personalities should either resign or go on leave if they are endorsing a candidate or are part of a candidate’s campaign.
The PPCRV cited Section 6 (6.6) of the Fair Election Act or Republic Act No. 9006.
Edu Manzano, an administration vice presidential candidate, asked the Comelec to allow celebrity endorsers to work during the campaign period.
The contested provision reads: “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:
“Provided, that any media practitioner who is an official of a political party or a member of the campaign staff of a candidate or political party shall not use his/her time or space to favor any candidate or political party.”
The Comelec law department head, Ferdinand Rafanan, agreed with the PPCRV’s interpretation. He said last week that the poll body was prepared to either ask media personalities who are part of a politician’s campaign to take a leave from work, or compel their employers to make them take some time off.
Larrazabal on Monday said it was the Comelec en banc that makes the policies of the poll body, and not one person.
“Policies are decided and made by the commission en banc … The en banc just read the law and the law is clear,” he said.
The PPCRV’s interpretation of the Fair Election Act was questioned by political parties and celebrities, who challenged it by saying that it was unfair because it would deprive them of livelihood or violate their freedom of expression.
Following the PPCRV’s interpretation, GMA network asked its employees endorsing candidates to go on leave, while ABS-CBN had a contrary reaction and said it was not requiring its stars to temporarily leave their shows.
Major political parties have used numerous celebrity endorsers in their sorties and advertisements to boost their profile.
The Liberal Party, for instance, showcased top stars of ABS-CBN and GMA 7 in the first TV advertisement of its standard-bearer, Sen. Benigno Aquino III. The stars included TV host and actress Kris Aquino, the senator’s sister, and singer-actress Regine Velasquez.
The Nacionalista Party has also been getting stars for its campaign. Among the endorsers of the party’s standard-bearer, Sen. Manuel Villar, are Dolphy, TV host Willie Revillame and singer-actress Sarah Geronimo.


Valentine's Day

I am a fan of Valentine's Day simply because I have someone to celebrate with :p. What I mean is I have my loving family, friends and boyfriend? haha!Being a simple person, I've always wanted to have a very romantic date on my valentines day. whew!Though, I've a lot of experiences on valentines date but this year is the BEST. Strolling, Dinner, Chitchat and also we'd visited carnival. haha!

I was shocked and surprised for the date given by someone who really close to my heart. wow. chezzy! Many thanks to that special someone. He made my day full of surprises and excitements. He made me happy. Totally happy and I feel that world is awesome to be with. I've realized that life is not unfair! People are unfair. haha! My Hart's Day this year was unique and unforgettable. So sweet of you special someone:)

P.S, thanks to the bouquet of flowers, shaped harts balloon and umbrella. hehe I treasure it so much. Thank you :)

Kris Aquino’s Reactions

Kris Aquino, sister of Presidential Candidate Binigno "Noynoy" Aquino 111 reacted to the request of Comelec.

Kris Aquino along with all celebrity endorsers of Political Candidates for the 2010 election were asked by the Comelec to go on leave. Watch Kris Aquino’s reaction.

Please watch this video of Kris Aquino to Leave Request

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valetines To All!!

Happy Valentines To All!!

PBB Double UP Big Winner

Melissa aka Melai, The Big Winner.

PBB Double Up Big Night

Sino kaya ang  mananalo? haha exciting ito. Sino kaya sino kaya? Melai, Jason, Johan, Tibo o Paul Jake.?

Well, ang ganda ganda nina Toni, Mariel at Bianca.. hihihihi. ang galing din ng mga singers na bisita ngunit sadyang nakakaloka naman si charice hindi mukhang bata mukha syang matanda sa outfit nya habang inaawit ang "Pinoy ako"

Abangan Abangan,.....

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Pinoy Big Brother Double Up Big Winner

What would happen this coming Pinoy Big Brother Big Night? We, Filipinos are very excited for the coming Big Night this coming saturday.Who is your bet? Who is the most deserving? Who is the right person for this big oppurtunity? Who will be the next PBB Big Winner? Either Melissa, Jason, Johan, Tibo or Paul Jake has a chance to win the prizes and to claim the title “Pinoy Big Brother Double Up Big Winner“.

Melissa from General Santos City.

Jason from Oriental Mindoro.

Tibo from Cagayan de Oro City.

Paul Jake from Cebu.

Johan from Quezon City.

Are you agree if I will say "Vote Wisely"? Well, please feel free to leave comment here... :)