"There are no rules for online campaigning," says COMELEC spokesperson Atty. James Jimenez; Only candidates’ spending restricted

Camille Diola of Philstar.com reports that on Wednesday, February 20, "Commission on Elections (COMELEC) spokesperson James Jimenez dispelled notions that the poll body has been monitoring every tweet and Facebook post of the May elections candidates."

Camille Diola of Philstar.com reports that on Wednesday, February 20, "Commission on Elections (COMELEC) spokesperson James Jimenez dispelled notions that the poll body has been monitoring every tweet and Facebook post of the May elections candidates."

 

The report quoted Jimenez, who clarified further: "There are no rules for digital campaigning or online campaigning, but [what] we have are rules for how much a candidate has spent and how they will report it even if they have spent it online. This means that we will not be monitoring Twitter, we will not be monitoring Facebook. Candidates can have their own Facebook accounts, can have their own Twitter accounts."

 

As for videos, Jimenez said that "national and local bets can well upload a video on YouTube [and make it go] ’viral" without earning the ire of Comelec officials." He noted: "Our only problem really is when these things start to cost significant amounts of money such as, for instance, if the candidate were to get a celebrity to star in a video they have made, then that would have cost implications."

 

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