Philippine elections are so intense that even barangay (village) elections, which are happening today, can get cutthroat. When campaign posters and fliers just won’t do, some candidates even turn to very random gifts to giveaway to voters, some of which are currently being shared by netizens.
It all started with a post by Facebook parody account, Senyora, which shows a photo of a piece of fish branded with a kagawad (village councilor) candidate’s name.
The page captioned it: “Panis 500 ‘nyo,” which roughly translates to “Your 500 [pesos] has nothing on this.”
The Facebook post had 73,000 reactions and more than 18,000 shares as of this story’s posting. The same photo tweeted by Senyora’s Twitter account had more than 21,000 likes and more than 4,000 retweets.
While it was a sarcastic commentary on the serious issue of vote buying that has long plagued elections in the Philippines, commenters could not help but laugh at the photo.
“My aunt told us about this, didn’t realize it was true,” Twitter user @lazywuwu said.
@FairyjustineSa1 joked that the same should be given away in her area.
Sana ganyan dito sa amin. 😂😂
— Fairyjustine Salabit (@FairyjustineSa1) May 13, 2018
While @imalsantelices laughed at the attempt to skirt the ban on vote buying.
Bawal vote buying bawal pera. So isda nlng 😂😂
— Al Santelices (@imalsantelices) May 14, 2018
People also shared other weird campaign materials they claim to have seen or received.
While we can’t be sure if these specific giveaways are legit or are jokes by overly creative netizens, gifts like these are very common during election time.
Not feeling the fresh fish? What about fish crackers?
Panis yang bangus mo 😂 pic.twitter.com/yMTRQMyHpl
— NOTHING (@_just_meh_) May 13, 2018
Anyone care for some corned beef?
Or maybe you’re more into chorizo?
May chorizo naman po. pic.twitter.com/5oc2et0bgO
— hazel anne (@hipchiCkzeL) May 13, 2018
How about mung beans?
Facebook user Rejean Garcia Almendrala even recalled a time when a candidate gave out roses tagged with his name. “If you’re going to give [something], it should be from the heart and not labeled with your name,” she said, followed by eye-roll and laughing emojis.
Did you receive random gifts from barangay (village) election candidates in your area? Share the weirdest one you’ve seen in the comments below or tweet us @CoconutsManila.