SC junks Comelec limits on political ad airtime

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The Supreme Court (SC) removed limits set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on the total amount of airtime a candidate for public office may purchase from television stations to run political ads. Candidates for national office can now again place 120 minutes of airtime per television station and 180 minutes per radio station during the campaign, instead of just 120 minutes for all TV stations and 180 for all radio stations, as preferred by Comelec. The SC also struck down a requirement for candidates to seek permission from the Commission before guesting on TV and radio shows. The high court said the Comelec rules were arbitrary and violated the freedom of speech.

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