ABS-CBN Releases Official Statement on COMELEC and PPCRV Position on the Use of Talents

ABS-CBN pointed out a loophole in the latest COMELEC ruling that celebrities who endorse a political candidate should take a leave or resign permanently from their tv programs.

Here’s the official statement emailed by the kapamilya network to Starmometer for immediate release:

The call for ABS-CBN talents who endorse candidates to go on leave during the campaign period is not required by the Fair Election Act or its implementing rules and regulations. Section 36 of Comelec Resolution No. 8758 in relation to Section 1(4) thereof and the Fair Election Act merely requires that media practitioners such as talents “shall not use his/her time or space to favor any candidate.” In this regard, it is ABS-CBN’s policy that its talents may not use any program to endorse or promote any candidate. This policy is strictly enforced by the network.

The provision of law cited by the PPCRV and Comelec that requires media personalities to either resign or go on leave applies to employees only. Talents are not employees of the network and, therefore, the said provision does not apply to them.

Kapamilya stars known for endorsing a political candidate in the 2010 election are Kris Aquino, Boy Abunda, Willie Revillame, Korina Sanchez and Sarah Geronimo.

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