By Leslie Ann Aquino
Since campaigning is not allowed on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will monitor the political advertisements in websites and social media of candidates.
Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez revealed that they have already spoken to social media platforms regarding the taking down of online political advertisements once the poll body reports it.
“We’ve already spoken to social media platforms about Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, for these days be considered as blackout days,” he said.
“Once we complain regarding the political content of an ad, the take down will be faster than usual because it has already been established that campaigning is prohibited on those days,” said Jimenez.
The poll official asked the public to help them in monitoring the campaign advertisements online on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
“The best way to report online ad is thru online as well… to the Comelec, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,” said Jimenez.
According to the poll official, candidates behind the political ads will be held liable.
“Theoretically, just one political ad is already an election offense because it is prohibited,” Jimenez said.
Under the law, the Comelec may prohibit campaigning during Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.