Candidates for this year’s midterm elections in the Philippines are using different tactics to promote themselves during the campaign period, with some accused of going to great lengths as a dog was found with a campaign sticker on its body.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez took to Twitter to call out candidates for letting its supporters put campaign stickers on animals.
Reposting a picture of a dog that became viral due to a Metro Manila mayoralty candidate campaign sticker placed on its body, Jimenez wrote on Twitter: “Seriously. Isn’t it enough that politicking has already trashed the country you claim to love, you’ve got to harass dogs too? Leave. Dogs. Alone.”
Animal lovers were also outraged upon seeing the campaign sticker on the dog, with others claiming that the act is considered animal cruelty and therefore the candidate must be punished.
A Twitter user said: “That has to be an campaign violation of some sort; along the lines of ‘no innocent animal was molested in raising awareness for this campaign…'”
Another Twitter user, who became frustrated that the name of the candidate on the sticker is covered, said: “I wish you hadn’t covered the name of the candidate on the campaign material. This is so frustrating!”
“Seriously? They’re doing this?! Don’t vote for them,” said another.
Tagging animal welfare organizations, another Twitter user added: “@PAWSPhilippines and @carawelfarePH have to do something about this. Spare this innocent dog, you GREEDY [POLITICIANS]!!! How dare you use him when you do not even think about the welfare of animals??”
Jimenez said that Comelec will not take action and will not issue any sanctions on the candidate on the campaign sticker put on the dog’s body.
“It seemed to be an isolated case, and not part of a broader campaign strategy,” he explained.