PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said he skipped the barangay elections for “purely political” reasons – “to erase the suspicion” among his candidate-friends about his support.
The President also explained he was busy monitoring the elections.
“Purely political. Lahat ‘yung tumakbo kaibigan ko. Almost all were my supporters during the last election, and they would never believe na nagboto ako o hindi sa kanila, so tingin ko the better option is just skip the voting. Ayokong magduda sila,” Duterte said in an interview at the wake of former Senate president Edgardo Angara.
Duterte added, “Busy ako, nagmo-monitor ako ng elections. ‘Yun ang totoo.” (I was busy monitoring the elections. That’s the truth.)
The barangay elections on Monday, May 14, were the first under Duterte’s presidency. Monday’s barangay elections were also the first to be held in 5 years after several postponements.
Duterte, the mayor of Davao City for two decades, failed to show up at his polling precinct at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo High School until it closed at 3:05 pm on Monday.