Voters elect Hollywood stars, rock bands in mock polls

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A woman casts vote during the mock election at Epifanio de los Santos Elementary School in Manila with 100 days remaining before the 2013 midterm election.

Would Filipinos vote Tom Cruise, Richard Gere or Mariah Carey into the “august” Senate?

At least in the mock elections that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) conducted Saturday, Filipino voters got the chance to choose who among their Hollywood and celebrity favorites to elect as senators.

Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. said the poll body used the names of Hollywood stars, instead of those of actual candidates, to avoid controversy.

In the mock polls for the 2010 elections, the Comelec used the names of Filipino heroes. National hero Jose Rizal won that vote.

“On a lighter note, Tom Cruise, Mariah Carey and (the late American astronaut) Neil Armstrong are among the senatorial candidates in the mock elections,” Brillantes announced in his Twitter account.

A copy of the ballot for the mock polls showed Armstrong running under the leftist party-list group Bayan Muna, Carey under the Partido Magdiwang, and Tom Cruise under the Lakas-CMD.

The other choices for the voters included crooner Michael Bublé, who was running under the Anakpawis peasant group, Cameron Diaz (Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino), and Paul Anka (under the rightist party-list group Anad).

Other celebrities listed as senatorial candidates were Bryan Adams, Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Nicholas Cage, Johnny Depp, Celine Dion, Farrah Fawcett, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster and Hugh Grant.

For party-list groups, the Comelec used the names of local rock bands like Itchyworms and 6 Cyclemind.

First posted 9:04 pm | Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

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  • Horst Manure

    Want an engineer you see an engineer .want a doctor you see a doctor …want a congress man you pick an actor/singer /boxer …yer that makes sense

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Pipiliin ko si Tom Cruise, kasi ang lola ko ay Cruz din, corny he he he

  • kapayapaan_1900

    Truly pathetic!  Pati si Sixto ay nagladlad na rin ng kapa’t nagbigay tibay sa tunay na kaanyuan, kawalang direksiyon, at mababaw na pamantayan ng mga botante sa ating kasalukuyang panahon.  Maging ang “mock election” ay kinulapulan na rin ng mga kandidatong halos karamiha’y puro taga “show biz” may moralidad man o wala.  Nagpapatunay lang kung ano tayo ngayon, maging bukas, at sa mga hinaharap na kung hindi tayo kikilos ay muling babanderang tapos ang “name recognition” ng mga kandidatong pulpol na patuloy na nagpapahirap kay Juan de la Cruz. 

  • catalansbarce

    Sample lang yan ang mga pangalan na ginagamit sa mock election.., pero..,
    sa May 2013 election,.. ang Team PNOY ang tunay na partido ang iboboto natin.

    • Trollollolloll

      Lol.

  • Jane Tan

    Lol… sa mock elections, Hollywood stars tapos sa totoong elections, local stars.

  • bogli_anakdami

    sa ngayon eh mock eleksyon

    sa susunod ang tunay eh muck eleksyon…

    yun lang…

  • Trollollolloll

    Sa pagkabulok ng mga kandidato ngayon, mga pulpol na lang yata ang mga bumuboto.

  • regd

    Mock or no mock makes no difference. That’s how dumb our voters are. Just don’t ask bong revilla or lapid about it.

  • $14334231

    wala na talagang pag-asa ang pinas…pati si brillantes, pinakita ang kabubohan n’ya….gastos ito na walang kamuwang-muwang….magkano ang kupit dito, mr. brillantes???….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    Ang isang mali dito….. ang balota na may boto dapat naka dapa(face down) pag pasok sa PCOS. Sabihin na po nating mag isa naman yong bomoto na maglalagay sa PCOS, pano kung humingi ng tulong yong matanda dahil nanginginig ang kamay paglagay ng balota sa PCOS. Kung naalala lang natin…. may moro moro na si Erap ay HINDI BINOTO SI BINAY nuong nakaraang presidential election, pwedeng totoo yon dahil kita naman ang mga pangalan sa balota.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ELGS2BPKJKG5PDWJAOOCF7K5KI Albert

    This is our inherent problem. It is not never about the quality of the people on the list, but the fact that a list is in front of you and you feel the need, or the desire to choose “someone or anyone”.

    The right to vote also give you the constitutional right not to vote, especially if the comelec list has no one worthy of voting for.

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