Revillas raising middle finger after voting false

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Monday, May 13, 2019 - 19:26
Manipulated photos of the Revillas

A manipulated photo of senatorial candidate Bong Revilla and his wife, Bacoor City re-electionist mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla, raising their middle finger after voting for the midterm elections has gone viral online.

The original photo was posted by CNN Philippines reporter Rex Remitio on his Facebook account after the Revillas cast their votes in an elementary school in Bacoor, Cavite.

The manipulated version (left) made it appear like the electoral ink was applied to the middle finger of both voters, instead of the index finger as seen in the original photo (right). The raising of the middle finger is widely considered an obscene hand gesture.

In another manipulated photo (right), Revilla is seen holding a marker supposedly stolen from the precinct.

Since its posting, the  photo with the middle finger has garnered over 5,600 likes and over 12,000 shares, while the photo with the marker has over 4,900 likes and 2,600 shares.

Bong Revilla is running for reelection in the Senate following his acquittal from plunder charges in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam.

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