Manila (CNN Philippines Life, May 9) — Every election season, much effort is given to physical campaign collaterals, including tarpaulins, flyers, fans, and the like. But the question many ask is what happens to these materials once the season is over?
In Tondo, Manila, trash was littered the ground as soon as we stepped out of the polling place as early as 9 a.m. Streets were littered with sample ballots and campaign flyers, while campaign materials hung above on electric lines. One homeowner, whose gatefront was already strewn with sample ballots, says “Ako din ang maglilinis nyan! Ang kulit kasi nung mga tao sabi nang bawal.”
Elsewhere, election officials and school volunteers seemed to make an effort to keep their immediate vicinity clean. One official we spoke to reasoned, “Bawal kasi,” when asked if they noticed any major piles of garbage in their area.
Here’s a look at some of the trash that the CNN Philippines Life staff saw outside polling places in Manila, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, and Las Pinas.