UNIDO v Comelec; GR No. 56515; 03 Apr 1981; 104 SCRA 17 (1981)

FACTS:
UNIDO sent letters to COMELEC requesting equal opportunity to the same time and number of TV and radio stations all over the country which were utilized by the President to lead the campaign for “YES” votes on the proposed constitutional amendments. COMELEC denied said request.

ISSUE(S):
Whether or not UNIDO was denied equal protection by virtue of the COMELEC’s denial of their request.

HELD:
NO. Section 5, Article XII-C of the Constitution circumscribes the relevant powers of the COMELEC. Section 5 provides that the enjoyment or utilization of all franchisees or permits for the operation of transportation and other public utilities, media of communication or information, all grants, special privileges, or concessions granted by the government or any subdivision, agency or instrumentality thereof.

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