Here’s what Section 6.6 of COMELEC’s Fair Election Act 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.”
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Meanwhile, the Queen of all Media Kris Aquino expressed her opinion about COMELEC’s Fair Election Act via Twitter. She said:
“The Comelec wants artists who are actively participating in the campaign to take a leave or be jailed. Since when has it been wrong to make a stand for what you believe? What is so wrong in wanting to take an active role in our democratic process? If it’s wrong to care about the Philippines & practice my constitutional rights to free speech & my freedom to vote then jail me and let’s go back to the dark days of Martial Law.”
Some of the stars who will be affected by the said ruling, in one way or another, are Dolphy, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Michael V., Boy Abunda, Dingdong Dantes and Sarah Geronimo. But with the current development, it looks like only Kapuso stars will have to face this issue as their network is reminding them to take a leave of absence if they are campaigning for a certain politician.