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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesFriday, April 12, 2013
Negros Oriental
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Blocktimers warned vs.
Comelec rules violation
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

The Commission on Elections in Negros Oriental yesterday warned broadcast stations to observe the mandatory airtime allocated for candidates and other poll regulations during the campaign period, or they will be sanctioned.

Dumaguete elections officer Jerome Brillantes said even the management of radio and television stations, and political candidates paying for the blocktime, could be charged if found guilty of violating the Fair Elections Act and other poll resolutions.

He said the Comelec will not hesitate to file charges against blocktimers if they persist in violating the law, that states that a local candidate is only allowed an aggregate of 90 minutes campaign airtime in all broadcast stations, from March 29 to midnight of May 11.

DEB conducts forum
for gubernatorial bets
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

The Diocesan Electoral Board lauded what it called the professionalism of local candidates who participated in its candidates' forum, and those candidates for governor and vice governor presented their platforms Wednesday.

DEB convenor, Msgr. Julius Heruela, said the forum is not a debate but a venue where the candidates can present their platforms of government, and where re-electionists can report on their accomplishments.

Negros Oriental gubernatorial bets Jocelyn Limkaichong, Samuel Torres, Roel Degamo and Gary Teves appeared at the forum aired live on Fil Products Service Television Inc., with simulcast by some radio stations and a live stream feed on the Internet. .

ASEAN meet on maritime
code of conduct set

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei Foreign ministers from ASEAN and China will hold a special meeting to hasten progress on a code of conduct in the disputed South China Sea, Indonesia's foreign minister said yesterday.

The meeting was proposed by China and all countries within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have agreed to participate, Marty Natalegawa told reporters at a meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers in Brunei.

The agreement is potentially significant as China has insisted on handling territorial disputes bilaterally with individual countries, while ASEAN wants to speak as a group, a disconnect blamed for hindering progress on a code.

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