UNIDO v COMELEC; G.R. No. 56515; 03 Apr 1981; 104 SCRA 17

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Petitioner asked the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) for the same prime time and the same number of television and radio stations all over the country to be used in its campaign for “NO” votes in the plebiscite for the amendments to the 1973 Constitution proposed by the Batasang Pambansa as that utilized by President Marcos in his nationwide “Pulong-Pulong sa Pangulo” in campaigning for “YES” votes on the proposed constitutional amendments.

Whether or not COMELEC’s denial of petitioner’s request to be afforded the same privilege as the president was violative of the equal protection clause.

NO. It is undeniable and but natural that the head of state of every country in the world must, from the very nature of his position, be accorded certain privileges not equally available to those who are opposed to him. The opposition cannot be placed at par with him.

Appeal is DISMISSED.

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