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Desperate moves: Bato’s movie is now “FREE” in cinemas

MANILA – A movie about senatorial aspirant, former police chief Ronald Dela Rosa, can be developed but it cannot be shown during the campaign period, the Commission on Elections reiterated.

The film about Dela Rosa’s life, to be starred by action star Robin Padilla, was released a week ago and since then Bato’s movie had flopped, in such desperate moves that Bato’s campaign team have resorted in giving “FREE” entries in cinemas.

But it cannot be exhibited during the campaign period, which starts on February 13, otherwise it “can be a problem” for Dela Rosa, said Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez.

Actors and other TV personalities, such as news anchors, are all prohibited from appearing on their broadcast shows during this time “because this is part of the fair play that we want to promote,” he said.

“If there’s a movie or a television show that deals with the life of a candidate or the personality of the candidate, or featuring the candidate as an actor portraying someone else, that cannot be shown during the campaign period,” he told ANC’s Headstart.

“Exhibition during the campaign period is likely to be counted as an election offense and election offenses can be punishable by disqualification,” he said.

As President Rodrigo Duterte’s first police director general, Dela Rosa had been at the forefront of the administration’s war on drugs from 2016 until his retirement in April last year. He was later appointed the director general of the Bureau of Corrections.