VICE presidential bet Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte assured the public that she is not condoning any form of election cheating.
Mayor Sara made the remarks following reports on pre-shaded ballots discovered during the absentee voting in Singapore and Dubai.
The presidential daughter said this case should not be taken lightly as she appealed to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Department on Foreign Affairs (DFA) to look into it.
Some Filipino voters in the said countries disclosed that they were given pre-shaded ballots. The names of Mayor Sara and some UniTeam senatorial candidates were already shaded.
“As a politician, my experience has taught me that Filipinos do not respect those who cheat and engage in election fraud. That my name was allegedly pre-shaded, along with some senatorial candidates, is grossly disconcerting,” Mayor Sara said.
“And I take with great pride in the fact that my history in politics has never been tainted by cheating, fraud, and other election irregularities that could question my integrity and leadership,” she added.
The legal team of Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats will officially request the Commission on Elections to conduct an investigation into the allegation of electoral irregularities in Dubai and Singapore.
Mayor Sara is running under the Lakas-CMD and Hugpong ng Pagbaabgo (HNP). She is leading the vice presidential race based on the latest surveys.
“The same action is also to be requested from the Comelec for future similar reports and allegations — if any,” the lady Mayor said.
She then took this opportunity to call on all Filipinos both in the Philippines and overseas to be vigilant against electoral fraud and ensure that your votes are protected.
“It is our collective responsibility to make sure that the 2022 elections is safe, free, fair, and credible,” she stressed.