Yesterday's hotly debated national elections in the Philippines have been marked with voter selfies, featuring “balut”, or duck embryo eggs.
It all started with two Filipino celebrities, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, who caused outrage by posting selfies with their voting ballots for the presidential election on social media.
The Commission on Election's (COMELEC) rules and regulations state taking a photo with your answered ballot is strictly prohibited, even investigating nine cases among overseas voters.
Anyone found in violation of these rules can face a hefty penalty of ONE TO SIX YEARS in prison.
However, COMELEC ruled against any wrongdoing by these celebrities. So people thought of following in their footsteps.
In a way of exercising their democratic right of self expression, voters started posting selfies with balots (duck embryo eggs) to show that they, too, could publish photos of themselves with their "balot".
Yes, COMELEC, look at all these lawbreakers!
It's an act of rebellion!
Someone even managed to look cool while doing it.
Look, this one is really into balot-buying.
"Sorry COMELEC, I did not know."
Here's a PSA reminding everyone to shade within the circle.