- Celebrities who will run for government office in the upcoming elections will have to take a break from their respective shows.
- The names included are Edu Manzano, Mark Lapid, Lito Lapid, and Jhong Hilario.
As the election period is nearly there, it was not needed for Commission on Elections to remind the showbiz candidates that they cannot appear on television shows as performers for the time being.
Ang Probinsyano‘s Edu Manzano is one of those who will be affected as he is currently acting as the President in the series. But he is also running for a position as the Representative for the lone district of San Juan.
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Mark Lapid and Lito Lapid will also have to take a break from the teleserye as they are running as Mayor of Pampanga and as Senator, respectively.
It’s Showtime‘s Jhong Hilario will also have to take a break from the noontime show because he is set to run for re-election as the City Councilor of Makati.
Aside from television appearances, the COMELEC is also working on rules to limit the expenditures of the candidates on social media.
According to spokesperson James Jimenez, they will monitor each political campaign on social media. This includes advertisements from those who are running for a position.
“We will make sure that whatever draft regulation that we have will respect the individual’s right of expression.
“Ang babantayan natin ay kung paano nagagamit iyong social media sa kontexto ng gastusin. Magkano ang ginagastos ng mga kampanya para dito para hindi siya maging paraan para magtago ng maraming pera na nagiging unfair kasi nga may spending limit tayo.”