What the comelec came up with does not measure up to

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What the COMELEC came up with does not measure up to that level of requirement and accountability which elevates administrative rules to the level of respectability and acceptability. Those governed by administrative regulations are entitled to a reasonable and rational basis for any changes in those rules by which they are supposed to live by, especially if there is a radical departure from the previous ones. The law, which is the basis of the regulation subject of these petitions, pertinently provides: 6.2. (a) Each bona fide candidate or registered political party for a nationally elective office shall be entitled to not more than one hundred twenty (120) minutes of television advertisement and one hundred eighty (180) minutes of radio advertisement whether by purchase or donation. (b) Each bona fide candidate or registered political party for a locally elective office shall be entitled to not more than sixty (60) minutes of television advertisement and ninety (90) minutes of radio advertisement whether by purchase or donation; x x x The law, on its face, does not justify a conclusion that the maximum allowable airtime should be based on the totality of possible broadcast in all television or radio stations. Senator Cayetano has called our attention to the legislative intent relative to the airtime allowed - that it should be on a "per station" basis. This is further buttressed by the fact that the Fair Election Act (R.A. No. 9006) actually repealed the previous provision, Section ll(b) of Republic Act No. 6646,44 which prohibited direct political advertisements -the so-called "political ad ban." If under the previous law, no candidate was allowed to directly buy or procure on his own his broadcast or print campaign advertisements, and that he must get it through the COMELEC Time or COMELEC Space, R.A. No. 9006 relieved him or her from that restriction and allowed him or her to broadcast time or print space subject to the limitations set out in the law. Congress, in enacting R.A. No. 9006, felt that the previous law was not an effective and efficient way of giving voice to the people. Noting the debilitating effects of the previous law on the right of suffrage and Philippine democracy, Congress decided to repeal such rule by enacting the Fair Election Act. It is therefore ineluctable to conclude that Congress intended to provide a more expansive and liberal means by which the candidates, political parties, citizens and other stake holders in the periodic electoral exercise may be given a chance to fully explain and expound on their candidacies and platforms of governance, and for the electorate to be given a chance to know better the personalities behind the candidates. In this regard, the media is also given a very important part in that undertaking of providing the means by which the political exercise becomes an interactive process. All of these would be undermined and frustrated with the kind of regulation that the respondent came up with.
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