MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Desperate times call for desperate measures.
With just days before the May 9 Philippine presidential elections, candidates are racing against the clock to make their last minute appeal for votes. The political campaign ends Sunday, the day for the elections.
Realizing none of their media ads have improved their ratings in the polls, some candidates have resorted to child abuse, using Filipino children to be their spokespersons in their political ads.
Flipping from one TV channel to another, viewers can’t help but notice the flurry of political ads featuring children, many of whom are under the age of puberty.
But the children just have had it. They no longer want to remain silent while the candidates benefit from their superb acting.
Today, more than a dozen children who are featured in various political ads are suing the candidates and the television networks for just compensation for their work, as well as royalty fees every time their ad is shown on TV.
The Adobo Chronicles could not independently confirm whether or not the kids were paid for their ad appearance or how much in royalty fees they are demanding.
The candidates and ABS-CBN and GMA 7 networks have not returned our calls for comment.