Do political advertisements help politicians win

An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs (CBCP-CPA) warned politicians, who have advertisements airing on radio and television that their actions could be considered as “negative points”.

In a radio interview, Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the CBCP-CPA noted that these advertisements will not help them in their bids for public office as they are showing the electorate that they are already spending money even as the campaign period has not yet started.

The filing of the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for the 2016 election is set from Oct. 12 to 16. The campaign period for national positions will begin on Feb. 9 to May 7 next year while local candidates are allowed to campaign starting from March 25 to May 7.

“Dapat sabihin natin sa kanila, mag-isip din sila (publiko), ang mga taong ito na nagpaparamdam na ganoon ay isang negative point na ‘yan na botohin natin sila,” he said in an interview over Church-run Radio Veritas.

He is convinced that once elected these politicians are going to get the money they used in coming up with their advertisements allegedly from government coffers.

With this, he urged Filipino voters to choose new breed of government officials and refrain from electing traditional politician (TRAPO) as they have no new things to offer.

Pabillo also urged people, who has the capability to lead their community to run for public office.

“Kaya maging heroic naman ang ibang Filipino na may kakayahan namang tumakbo, hindi sila kilala pero wala sila gaanong pera subalit handa silang tumakbo, para may choice naman ang bayan. Apela sa mga botante, ang iboto natin ay mga bagong mukha na at hindi yung mga datihan na,” he said.