COMELEC hands off on candidates using social media in early campaigning

Commission on Elections (COMELEC)

The Commission on Elections has no control over some candidates using social media to further their campaign.

In an interview with DZRH, COMELEC spokesman James Jimenez said that there is no existing law that prohibits candidates from campaigning using social media.

Aside from this, this is considered free, and is not part of the airtime being counted by the COMELEC.

Jimenez meanwhile said that he is not sure how effective social media is as a medium in campaigning.

However, he clarified that the cyber world plays a vital role in helping candidates promote themselves.

Candidates for the 2019 midterm elections are banking on social media to help them reach more people without spending as much as launching a national campaign.

In fact, senatoriable Juan Ponce-Enrile said that he is no longer capable of making the rounds for his campaign, but will rely heavily in social media to promote his plat form.

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