SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the PDP-Laban presidential candidate, saw no basis yet of cheating in the May 9, 2016 elections despite the latest Pulse Asia survey showing that four in 10 Filipinos, or 39 percent, expected fraud in the coming polls.
“This is in fairness to the Comelec, but we would like to add that there should be security measures (on the use of vote- counting machines.) Anyway, there will be people who will do it for us–those information technology experts,” he said during his visit here Tuesday.
Based on the survey taken from Jan. 24 to 28, most of those who expect cheating in the coming elections were from Mindanao at 56 percent, followed by the Visayas with 42 percent, Luzon, 31 percent and Metro Manila, 29 percent.
Twenty-nine percent said they did not expect cheating to occur, while 32 percent were undecided on the matter.
“Cheating is not only my concern but it will be the concern of every Filipino voter. After all, it is the vote of the people which is a sacred mandate that should not be mess up,” he said.
The tough-talking city executive said military and police personnel could intervene if there is massive cheating during the elections.
Duterte, along with his running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, were guests during the meeting of the Rotary Club of San Fernando held at the Oasis Country Resort Hotel here.
The tandem arrived at the San Fernando airport at around 2:00 p.m. aboard separate helicopter and proceeded for a brief visit with Bishop Rodolfo Beltran at the Archbishop’s Residence in Barangay San Vicente before the Rotary meeting.
At the airport, Duterte was met by several groups including those supporting the Duterte and Sen.Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. tandem ‘AlduB’ or Alliance of Duterte and Bongbong. JUN ELIAS/northboundasia.com