Manny Pacquiao may be disqualified from running in the 2016 elections, if he will fight Timothy Bradley this April. This is because of the Comelec rules on the exposure time of political candidates during election campaign period. This issue was brought up by another senatorial candidate, former Akbayan party-list representative Walden Bello in a TV interview.
“I think that Manny is facing a number of problems, not only his remarks but he can’t have this fight on April 9. This is against the [Comelec] rules. We’re asking him at this point to postpone his fight because otherwise, he’ll be disqualified.” Bello told Karen Davila via Mornings@ANC this Thursday, February 18, noting that his fight is a free exposure as a senatorial candidate.
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“The Comelec made these rules about the range of political advertisements including news spots, appearing in all of these different shows in which basically they said that if the candidate is the center piece of all these spots, that cannot be allowed because that should be strictly within the Comelec hour, the 120 and the 180,” Bello added, citing the Fair Elections Act.
“Even before the fight, all the buildup, all the interviews, during the fight, the pay per view, which will be all through the country and then after the fight, all of that. These are tremendous advantages being given to one candidate against all the other candidates.” Bello explained further, noting that he himself took a leave as columnist in 2013 because he ran for senator.
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As we all know, the Pacquiao-Bradley 3 is set to happen at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 9, 2016, which is still covered as part of the election campaign period. Bello therefore suggested that the said fight should be postponed and should be rescheduled after May 9, the date of the 2016 Philippine elections. Otherwise, Pacquiao may face a disqualification case.
In the same interview, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista told Davila political candidates who endorsing a product are required to stop their endorsements during election campaign period. He said he will take a look at Manny’s case, and that Bello can file a disqualification case against Pacquiao if he wants to so that Comelec can formally address the issue.
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Apparently, this seems to be another challenge for Manny Pacquiao, who was recently dropped by Nike as product endorser for his controversial comment against same-sex marriage. This Tuesday, he Pinoy boxing icon said in an interview with Bilang Pilipino that pairing of the same sex are worst than animals. He immediately apologized, but maintains his stand on his belief.
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