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Unformatted text preview: police power. Q: A COMELEC resolution provides that political parties supporting a common set of candidates shall be allowed to purchase jointly air time and the aggregate amount of advertising space purchased for campaign purposes shall not exceed that allotted to other political parties or groups that nominated only one set of candidates. The resolution is challenged as a violation of the freedom of speech and of the press. Is the resolution constitutionally defensible? Explain. A: Yes, the resolution is constitutionally defensible. Under Sec. 4, Art. IX‐C of the 1987 Constitution, during the election period the COMELEC may supervise or regulate the media of communication or information to ensure equal opportunity, time, and space among candidates with the objective of holding free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible elections. To allow candidates who are supported by more than one POLITICAL LAW TEAM: ADVISER: ATTY. EDWIN REY SANDOVAL; SUBJECT HEAD: RACHEL MARIE L. FELICES; ASST. SUBJECT HEADS: WIVINO E. BRACERO II & HERAZEUS CHRISTINE Y. UY; MEMBERS: LAWRENCE PAULO H. AQUINO, LEANDRO RODEL V. ATIENZA, MARINETH EASTER AN D. AYOS, CARLO R. BALA, WILFREDO T. BONILLA, JR., KEEL ACHERNAR R. DINOY, APRIL V. ENRILE, KENNETH JAMES CARLO C. HIZON, JOSE MARIA G. MENDOZA, ROGER CHRISTOPHER R. REYES, ROMILINDA C. SIBAL, JASMIN M. SISON, ZARAH PATRICIA T. SUAREZ, RALPH JULIOUS L. VILLAMOR. ELECTION LAW political party to purchase more air time and advertising space than candidates supported by one political party only will deprive the latter of equal time and space in the media. Alternative Answer: No. Although the expenditure limitation applies only to the purchase of air time, thus leaving political parties free to spend for other forms of campaign, the limitation nonetheless results in a direct and substantial reduction of the quantity of political speech by restricting the number of issues that can be discussed, the depth of their discussion and the size of the aud...
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