• ABS-CBN received flak online after airing a 30-second political advertisement against Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night
  • ABS-CBN clarified that it had nothing to do with the production of the political ad and that it was “duty-bound to air a legitimate ad.”
  • On Thursday, Cayetano warned the public regarding the possible airing of multi-million pesos worth of negative advertisements against his running mate

MANILA, Philippines – Television station ABS-CBN has said they aired the “anti-Duterte ad” as they were “duty-bound to air a legitimate ad”.

Nestor Corrales mentioned in his article for Inquirer published on May 6 that ABS-CBN received flak online after airing a 30-second political advertisement against Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night.

In a statement released by the network on the same night, the network clarified that it had nothing to do with the production of the political ad and that it was “duty-bound to air a legitimate ad.”

“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 network added.

An article by Coconuts Manila said that prior to airing with ABS-CBN, an audio version of the ad has been making rounds on radio stations.

Another ad about Duterte also began airing on rival network GMA-7 also on Thursday night.

The commercial draw ire from online users, saying it is inappropriate to use kids in the advertisement against Duterte.

“Children should not be used in black propaganda, no matter what the situation is. Republic Act No. 7610 June 17, 1992,” said actor Robin Padilla on his Instagram account.

Meanwhile, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board said it was the job of the Commission of Elections to regulate the political ads.

“MTRCB informs the gen public that it is the COMELEC w/c has sole jurisdiction to regulate political TV ads under the Fair Elections Act,” said by MTRCB on their Twitter account.

On Thursday, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, the vice-presidential candidate of Duterte, warned the public regarding the possible airing of multi-million pesos worth of negative advertisements against his running mate.