Celebrities who endorse LP candidate Mar Roxas are on hot seat after their photos holding ballots are circulating online.
Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, known as KathNiel, both first time voters, are seen holding their respective ballots, with Bernardo wearing Mar Roxas’ baller band – a direct violation of election law.
Netizens are outraged over the photos calling COMELEC to investigate and send the two violators to prison.
According to election expert Atty. Matty Manguiat, COMELEC will be a laughing stock if it allows this case to pass.
Several groups including the Media Citizens Watch are planning to file petition to convict the two celebrities.
Manguiat said the two violated the omnibus election code and must be persecuted as soon as possible.
“Hindi porket artista sila e basta nalang sila gagawa ng labag sa batas. COMELEC must act as soon as possible para fair sa lahat”, Manguiat said.
COMELEC chair Andres Bautista has reiterated that taking photos of receipts, ballots, and even selfie inside voting center is a serious violation of election law and violators could face at least 6 years jail time.
Formal complain will be filed after election according to MCW. /Nico Bawa/