Sheila Crisostomo of The Philippine Star reports that in a meeting with "anti-epal" advocates on Monday, September 17, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Atty. Sixto Brillantes explained that "under existing laws and jurisprudence there is nothing illegal with premature campaigning which is being equated by critics to the epal practice."
The report quoted Brillantes, who added: "Right now we cannot do anything. But when we reach the campaign period, it is where we come in. Because it is where we can now enforce the law."
The report noted that "the campaign period for the 2013 polls starts on February 12 for senatorial and party-list candidates and March 29 for local and congressional bets."
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