2022 Philippine Elections

WATCH: Emergency alert about Marcos ‘unreservedly wrong,’ says Comelec

Rappler
The Comelec condemns the use of emergency alerts for political propaganda after an alert containing an advertisement for Bongbong Marcos rang at their COC filing venue

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) condemned the use of emergency warning messages to send political propaganda through mobile phones after an emergency alert rang at its venue for the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) Wednesday morning, October 6.

The alert sent to mobile phones in the area was an advertisement about Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who filed his COC that day.

“Obviously, using the emergency alert system for political propaganda is a reprehensible tactic. It is unreservedly wrong,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said, during a media briefing at the end of COC filing on Wednesday.

Using emergency alerts for campaigning is not against electoral laws. However, only licensed cellular mobile telephone system operators, the NDRRMC, and other government agencies vital to national security are allowed to buy or use portable cell sites.

The National Telecommunications Commission said it was investigating the matter.

Meanwhile, the Marcos camp denied their involvement, calling it a “demolition job.” – Rappler.com