COMELEC plans to limit candidates’ social media campaign spending

Commission on Elections (COMELEC)

The Commission on Elections is planning to put a limit on the candidates’ social media campaign spending for the 2019 midterm elections.

According to COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez, they are looking into the possibility of intensifying their monitoring on the candidates spending regarding the campaign materials they post online.

Jimenez added that though posting information and the use of social media networking sites are free, the COMELEC is now considering any violation on the regulation covered by the production cost of the produced materials.

Meanwhile, election lawyer and senatorial Atty. Romulo Macalintal said that the COMELEC should be wary on their plan to issue a regulation on the use of social media. Instead, Macalintal said that the COMELEC should find a balance in its regulation and consider the candidates’ right to freedom of expression.

However, Jimenez said that the COMELEC will not meddle with the social media accounts of candidates, but they will just probe on how much they spend on each posting.

Some well-known candidates like senatorial Juan Ponce-Enrile said that he is banking on social media to further his campaign instead of launching a nationwide physical campaign.

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