MANILA, Philippines — Halloween is an American tradition that is celebrated in the Philippines via costume parties and the occasional trick or treat on the eve of All Saint’s Day. One of the few signs that it’s fast approaching, is when malls or business establishments starts to decorate their place with various Halloween decors like bats, cobwebs and jack-o-lanterns. That, or when the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) releases one of their statements discouraging kids from wearing scary costumes, as it attracts the devil.
While kids enjoy wearing these costumes once a year for a harmless scare or two; politicians on the other hand, do it the whole year round, with not so harmless results. These politicians don’t need costumes to frighten the bejeezus out of us, but when they do, they make sure to drive home the point.
With that said, here are 11 politicians in “scary” Halloween costumes.
1. DOTC SEC. Jun Abaya as Thomas the Tank Engine
Nothing is more scarier than to see a sad train, with possibly even more sadder passengers inside, and an incompetent Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Jun Abaya, looking so damn happy like nothing is wrong.
2. DOE Sec. Jericho Petilla as Electro
Having your Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary dressed as Spider-Man villain, Electro, would make it seem like he can solve the looming power crisis in 2015 with his powers. So, what’s scary about that? Knowing him, he might use his powers to convince Congress to grant the President emergency powers instead.
3. Sen. Bong Revilla in a “homemade” Panday costume
While it may not be as fancy as his previous costumes, Sen. Bong Revilla’s DIY Panday costume, made from everyday items found inside his detention cell; befits one of the highest paid
senators actors in the Philippines.
4. Sen. Nancy Binay as a “probably overpriced” Strawberry Shortcake
Sen. Nancy Binay’s Strawberry Shortcake costume was designed and made by a world renowned designer using world class fabrics and materials. But why does it looks so tacky? It must be that button pin attached to the dress.
5. PNP Chief Alan Purisima as Batman
As a child, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Alan Purisima, like other kids his age, idolized Batman. But unlike his friends, young Alan also wanted to be Bruce Wayne. His costume symbolizes his dream coming true: A multi-millionaire crime-fighter.
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