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Friday, February 12, 2010

Kris Aquino Stays

TELEVISION network ABS-CBN yesterday said its talents including Kris Aquino, the younger sister of presidential aspirant Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, need not stop appearing on their shows at the network even if they are endorsers of candidates in the coming national and local elections.

The giant network took exception to the warning of the Commission on Elections and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting that showbiz personalities endorsing political candidates or helping in their campaigns face sanctions if they do so without going on leave first.

“The call for ABS-CBN talents who endorse candidates to go on leave during the campaign period is not required by the Fair Election Act or its implementing rules and regulations,” the broadcast firm contended.

The provision of law cited by the PPCRV and Comelec that requires media personalities to either resign or go on leave applies to employees only. Talents are not employees of the network and, therefore, the provision does not apply to them, ABS-CBN said in a statement.

Section 36 of Comelec Resolution No. 8758 in relation to Section 1(4) thereof and the Fair Election Act merely requires that media practitioners such as talents “shall not use his/her time or space to favor any candidate.” In this regard, it is the network’s strict policy that its talents may not use any program to endorse or promote any candidate, ABS-CBN said.

Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, said Kris and their other talents are aware of this policy. He said the station will impose sanctions on those who violate this agreement.

However, he said talents who endorse candidates need not stop appearing in their shows as long as they do not plug their candidates or touch politics. Kris has three shows with the network – “The Buzz” which she hosts with good friend Boy Abunda, “SNN”, and a teleserye, “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo”.



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