What if Jennifer Aniston doesn't want to be a purse or a hat but the 17th president of the Republic of the Philippines? Would the Filipinos all want Mariah Carey for Christmas as their vice president?
Filipino netizens are having a field day on Dec. 29, as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) held its nationwide mock polls using sample ballots featuring household names in the entertainment and music industry abroad.
Tweets of Tina Panganiban-Perez of GMA News showed personalities like Aniston, Angelina Jolie, and Brad Pitt "running" for the presidency.
Among the would-be vice presidential candidates were Carey, Stephen Curry, and Harry Styles.
For the supposed senatorial race, notable names included Billie Eilish, Tobey "Spider-Man" Maguire, Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, and Emma Watson.
As for party-list groups, choices ranged from bands like U2, BTS, and Spice Girls to animated shows like "Peter Pan," "The Jungle Book," and "Coco Melon," to something as curious as "Partidang Partido," "Eklavoo Party," and "Laban ng Drogadik."
The sample ballots didn't bear the names of actual candidates in the 2022 polls.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the mock elections were held in 34 voting centers across Metro Manila, as well as in Isabela, Albay, Negros Oriental, Davao Del Sur, Leyte, and Maguindanao.
Health protocols have been strictly implemented, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the threat of the Omicron variant.
Jimenez was resigned to the fact that the dry run wouldn't be perfect, especially that Filipinos, he said, are not really excited during the election proper "historically speaking."
Instead, he emphasized that it's an opportunity for the poll body to "see precisely where the problem areas are” leading to election day.
Here are the reactions of some netizens who went gaga over the sample ballots as they quote-tweeted Jauhn Villaruel's updates for ABS-CBN News:
Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie running against their mutual ex-husband Brad Pitt for Philippine president is the 2021 year-ending chaotic energy COMELEC thought we needed https://t.co/58U1TOp0LC— Ganns Deen #LeniKiko2022 #LetsGoCheldren (@ganns) December 29, 2021
Where's my president Nadine Lustre? Hahshshaa https://t.co/AJHjYrQh7b— brightwin | kim yeon koung (@brightwin_4ev3r) December 29, 2021
Selena Gomez Presidential Candidacy Analysis:— hoemie (@Iskhoemie) December 29, 2021
✅ Will love you like a love song
✅ Wants what's good for you
✅ Will treat you some ice cream
❓ Will kill you with kindness
❌ Can't keep her hands to herself
❌ Can't get enough https://t.co/jIC25DvHzr
I will vote for— Aвєgαιℓ | ᗰᗩKᗩᒪᗩT ᗴᖇᗩ (@_kurbasizzle) December 29, 2021
13 para masaya! https://t.co/PO3xoUo3Eo
Gaga, Lady ? https://t.co/itFi961FGm— 4nclru (@4nclru) December 29, 2021
i would actually vote for Angelina Jolie but also i'm losing it at "Harrington, Kit Jon Snow" and "Jackman, Hugh Wolverine" ??? https://t.co/9RVi0mBiwE— ali ? holiday chill mode (@_artsy_alice) December 29, 2021