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10 Things Not to Do On May 13

On May 13, 2013, the Filipino people will elect their own public officials. They will determine who among the epals and non-epals on the list will manage public funds properly, falsify documents, and implement ghost projects.

These are the following things that should never be done on the day of the election. Since these are “banned” or “ipinagbabawal”, let’s do them (Filipino Thinking 101).

1.    Campaigning: no advocate or advertisement should be endorsing a politician on day of the election. This provision is for sure just a joke to some politicians.

2.    Taking intoxicating liquor: no person should vote or work under the influence of liquor. Drinking of chocolate milk is allowed!

3.    Free transportation: no candidate should be sponsoring the transportation of voters to the polling area. Instead, offer them paid transpo service going to the polling area!

4.    Free food and drinks: no candidate should offer free food and drinks to any voter during the Election Day. For sure some politicians will not just give food and water to voters; they also give free movie passes!

5.    Voter substitution: Maria cannot vote on behalf of Pedro (vice versa), even if the two are married and have been living together for 250 years.

6.    Voting twice: Voters should not vote more than once. And they are allowed not to vote as long as they wish to.

7.    Holding business within a radius of 30 meters from the polling place: no sari-sari stores should be found near the polling area.

8.    Cockfights and boxing: The favorite sports of Manny Pacquaio should not be the forms of entertainment during the Election Day. People are advised to just stay at home and watch news.

9.    Propaganda: Whether black or pink, no propagandas are allowed within a radius of 30 meters from the polling place. So all chismisan centers should be located more than 30 meters away from the sacred area.

10. Voting of epals. Voting of epals and moronic politicians should be totally banned on May 13. Voting of politicians who take public service as a family business is also strictly prohibited.

Christian is a Marketing Communications practitioner in Quezon City. He is an Igorot from Sagada, Mountain Province. To get in touch with him, please shoot an email to christianaligonow@gmail.com.


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