Candidates allowed to use puvs to play their campaign jingles – Comelec

April 15, 2013 10:34 pm 

MANILA, April 15 — Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) are not prohibited from playing campaign jingles of candidates in the forthcoming polls.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. said national and local aspirants can use the public vehicles to play their campaign jingles as long as they have the permission of the owners.

“Hindi ko makita ang violation dun. Kung papayag yung may-ari. Hindi ka naman nagdidikit dun. This will be temporary use habang nag-iikot, he added.

But, he noted, what is prohibited is the posting of campaign posters on PUVs since these are permanent.

“Huwag naman yung poster, yung buses na ang lalaki ng litrato ng mga kandidato dun sa product endorsement kasi permanent propaganda material yun. Nakadikit dun sa bus naka paint ang mukha,” the poll body chief said.

On the other hand, Brillantes reported that that they have received complaints from composers for candidates using their songs without permission.

He explained that such complaints are not under their jurisdiction since it is not considered as an election law violation.

“Ang sinasabi namin dun these are not violations of the election law. These are campaign materials which are allowed by law under the election law, but if there are violations under copyright or patent under the Intellectual Property then the violation is totally different,” he added.(PNA)

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