Comelec to send notice to Madrigal to explain her side on ipad promo

February 23, 2013 1:00 am 

MANILA, Feb. 22 — The Commission on Elections is ready to hear the side of senatorial candidate Jamby Madrigal on the iPad contest issue.

Comelec Law Dept. chief Esmeralda Ladra said they will send the former senator a notice, thus, giving her a chance to defend herself.

“We would like na kami sa aming office na magbigay siya ng explanation bakit hindi namin siya dapat kasuhan… we will be sending her a notice. Gusto sana namin meron kami explanation in writing,” she said.

Ladra noted that they would take into consideration the actions by Madrigal after she removed the contest in her Facebook and Twitter accounts and for issuing an apology.

“We are studying because tinanggal naman niya agad nung narinig niya si chairman… tinitingnan din natin kung okay na yung sorry niya,” she explained.

The issue on the online contest stemmed on the announcement of Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. early this week that they are studying the possibility of filing an election offense against a senatorial candidate of Team PNoy for offering to give the gadget to a winning contestant.

Minutes after the news broke out, the contest was taken down online.

Section 97 of the Omnibus Election Code states that “it shall be unlawful for any person to hold dances, lotteries, cockfights, games, boxing bouts, bingo, beauty contests, entertainments, or cinematographic, theatrical or other performances for the purpose of raising funds for an election campaign or for the support of any candidate from the commencement of the election period up to and including election day”.

On the other hand, Section 261 of the Code also defines vote-buying as “any person who gives, offers or promises money or anything of value… directly or indirectly… in order to induce anyone or the public in general to vote for or against any candidate”.

An election offense carries a penalty of one to six years imprisonment, removal of right to vote, and prohibition to hold public office. (PNA)

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