The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines welcomes the filing of House Bill No. 6622 by Makati Representative Teodoro Locsin Jr.
The measure of Locsin, chair of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms and himself a respected media practitioner, if enacted, will correct what we would like to believe, a unwitting oversight in the election law that has deprived generations of journalists and media workers of their right to suffrage.
The bill proposes that “any person, by reason of his/her functions and duties as a member of the media, who is not in his/her place of registration on election day, may vote in the city or municipality where he is assigned on election day; provided that he/she is a duly registered voter.”
It seeks to let media organizations to avail of the privilege by sending to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), 30 days before elections, a list of its employees who will be working on election day.
The bill would allow the media workers to vote only for president, vice-president, senators and party-list representatives.
This is the kind of legislation our country needs, that which recognizes our rights and liberties and expand the space in which to exercise these.
We, therefore, urge Congress to swiftly pass this measure so that media workers, who play a crucial role in efforts to safeguard the sanctity of elections, may no longer be deprived of their civic rights to suffrage as citizens of this country.
We also urge our lawmakers to become true representatives of the people by thinking of and passing more measures similar to this instead of devoting their time to patently unconstitutional legislation such as the right to reply bill, a draconian proposal that tramples on our constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of the press and of expression.
MR. NONOY ESPINA
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