Online Petition Urges Public to Sue ABS-CBN, GMA and TV5 for Airing Anti-Duterte Ad
An online petition has been created, urging the public to sue ABS-CBN, GMA and TV5. This is after the three major TV networks in the Philippines aired the anti-Duterte ad full video this Thursday night, May 5. The said political ad was created to show the negative side of front running presidential candidate, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte.
As first aired at ABS-CBN, the anti-Duterte TV commercial featured young children asking the people if Mayor Duterte is kind of president that they should vote for. The children mentioned Duterte saying that he will kill criminals, his cursing at Pope Francis, and his controversial comment about the rape-slay of an Australian missionary in Davao City.
The 36-second video also showed some video clips of speeches of Mayor Rody Duterte saying his controversial remarks. Shortly before the video ended, a young girl asks in Filipino language, “Is this the one you would like to be role model for us?”, with the last part showing the tough-talking mayor raising his middle finger (blurred portion).
Shortly, netizens including non-Duterte supporters posted their angry comments on Twitter and Facebook, criticizing the TV networks and the MTRCB (Movie and Television Review and Classification Board). ABS-CBN broadcast journalist Karen Davila tweeted, “To use children.” Nevertheless, she deleted her tweet later.
On the same night, ABS-CBN released their official statement on the issue, saying their ethic committee has reviewed the said ad before it was allowed to be aired. The Kapamilya network insisted that the anti-Duterte ad complied with the existing election laws. Almost on the same time, the MTRCB also tweeted their side.
“The controversial political advertisement being talked about in social media, which aired on ABS-CBN, was produced and paid for by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. Prior to the airing, ABS-CBN’s ethics committee reviewed the content of the material, which complies with the requirements of pertinent election laws.” ABS-CBN said.
“By airing the said commercial, ABS-CBN is being consistent with COMELEC guidelines, which prohibit radio or television stations to discriminate in the sale of air time against any political party or candidate. We are duty bound to air a legitimate ad.” The Kapamilya network added, without mentioning how much Trillanes has paid for the ad.
Section 4.1 of the RA 9006 (or Fair Election Acts), which was signed on February 12, 2001 clearly states that, “No political advertisement or propaganda for or against any candidate or political party shall be published or broadcast and shall bear and be identified by the reasonably legible or audible words “political advertisement paid for.”
Meanwhile, Comelec Chairman Andres D. Bautista (who was appointed by President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino in May 2015) has not yet released any statement regarding this latest election controversy. As of posting, the said petition has 23,777 signatures and rapidly increasing. The 2016 presidential elections will be held this Monday, May 9.
TV5 denied that the said anti-Duterte ad was aired on their station, noting that they decided not to air it because it did not pass certain requirements. The Kapatid network also stressed out that they are not doing favors for or discriminating any political candidate or party. Below is the TV5’s official statement posted on their official Facebook page.