The President was on an official visit in the province Oriental Mindoro where he allegedly endorsed re-electionist Sen. Ed Angara and TESDA Administrator Joel Villanueva who appear a shoo-in in the Administration’s senatorial slate in 2013’s mid-term elections.
President Noy allegedly or inadvertently dropped the campaign lines “wag po natin sila makakalimutan sa susunod na taon” of which everyone of us very well knew as election year.
In the same place, same time, same crowd Sen. Angara and Villanueva were.
Electioneering or not, too early too soon it appears now that the said Comelec election law is crying for total rehash or if not outright eradication for it seems toothless, kaput, no use.
Oh my, subtle as they are cases of electioneering or illegal early election campaigning abounds.
Just look around.
Said law is no use to curtail or ban perceived national candidates from appearing in product advertisements throughout the country for it shatters the essence of fair play, the main reason or leit motif why the law on unlawful, early campaigning came about.
Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar, wife of Sen. Manny Villar too is already on veiled campaign mode through their Villar Foundation that has been churning out advertisements on primetime television starring the congresswoman.
So why do we say this?
Rep. Villar has had been reported to be on UNA (United Nationalist Alliance)’s senatorial slate and as such her TV ad appearances should also be considered a prime case of electioneering.
But it cannot be and is not.
A very thin line separates it from plain advertisement and electoral campaigning.
Unless of course a revision is made on this particular Comelec regulation only then it would and could shun TV ad appearances for any perceived candidate way ahead of the official campaign period.
Another is the official filing of national candidates because at present unless a candidate officially files his/her candidacy he/she could never be covered by the said Comelec regulation.
In the name of fair play, the Comelec should look into this and give it (electioneering law) some teeth.
Other perceived senatoriables like Migs Zubiri, Sen. Chiz Escudero, Angara and his family, also have their respective campaign ads veiled as product endorsements.
Villanueva also has a gigantic tarp courtesy of TESDA strategically positioned at the North Luzon Expressway exit in EDSA.
Watch out for the rest to follow months before the October deadline for filing of national candidates.