In May 2007, Jason Bray and cameraman Nathan Woodward, joined a team of Europeans, Australians and Filipinos to monitor the elections in Nueva Ecija province. Organised by COMPACT IOM 2007, they travelled around the countryside meeting dubious politicians, hearing stories of mass corruption and even visited the aftermath of a shootout. What started as an exciting adventure for Jason turned into fear, confusion and intimidation of political violence.
In 2009, Jason returned to discover what the outcome of the 2007 election was for Nueva Ecija — who won, who lost and who survived? More importantly, in a political landscape dominated by guns, goons and gold, can he discover where the hope in the Philippines future lies? Ballots and Bullets is a heartfelt documentary that is entertaining, insightful and ultimately challenging for anyone concerned about the plight of people struggling to live under an oppressive regime.