Funny word ‘sanction.’ But not funny in a way that can make you laugh.
The Media and Information Committee recently came out with a notice declaring that the
… tallies arrived at by individuals – including members of the media – observing the proceedings of the National Board of Canvassers are not official and are not sanctioned by the COMELEC in any way.
Apparently, some members of the media took offense at the Notice.
I deeply regret the misunderstanding and clarify that we are not threatening to sanction (that other definition of the word) anyone for doing their job.
In the interest of preventing any confusion about the tally however, we urge all members of the media to note in their reports that the figures they mention, if not sourced from the Official COMELEC Reports, are unofficial.