Celebrity couple Mariel and Robin Padilla are being criticized by netizens on the microblogging site Twitter for possible violations of Comelec election rules.
Mariel posted a picture of her wearing a white shirt with a “Du30” print on Instagram while she was in a polling precinct, assisting people for the election.
Meanwhile, also on Instagram, Robin posted his ballot, clearly showing a few of the candidates he voted for in today's election – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for President, and the AMIN partylist. In his caption, he endorsed the two and explained why he cast his votes for them.
Other reports of election violations have been announced on social media. A picture of Albay Governer Joey Salceda was taken. He is seen shading his votes in while wearing a white shirt with the name “POE” emblazoned on the front.
Pictures of celebrities Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla showing their ballots have also circulated on Facebook. Mike Acebedo Lopez, the poster of the pictures, also noted Kathryn wearing a RoRo baller while holding her ballot up in the picture. However, netizens believe that it is not a violation of Comelec rules, since the ballots they held were not shaded in yet.
Nevertheless, when it reached Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, he posted a tweet saying that “Kathryn and Daniel and I need to talk #PiliPinas.”
He also called on to other voters “who willingly and obviously, very openly displayed their ballot. We need to talk.”
Jimenez explained that while “it’s legal to take photos of your blank ballot, once it is already filled out, you cannot take a picture of it, as such action is tantamount to making a carbon copy of it, which is prohibited.”
Violation of such carries a penalty of imprisonment lasting not less than one year, but not more than six years.
The post currently has around 43,000 reactions and has been shared 27,083 times already.
As of yesterday, campaigning for the election and the display of any campaign paraphernalia has been officially banned – especially any campaign materials in polling precincts. Voters are also banned from bringing their cellphones inside the polling places.