DEPUTY Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda called on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to exercise their right to vote in the month-long absentee voting.
Legarda made the appeal as he expressed hope that the absentee voting which started April 10 will proceed smoothly in all the voting precincts worldwide
“Overseas Filipinos should take advantage of the opportunity to elect their next leaders, and to choose wisely. Hinikayat ko ang ating mga kababayan sa labas ng bansa na huwag sasayangin ang inyong boto dahil nakasalalay dito ang kalagayan at kinabukasan ninyong mga OFW, ng inyong pamilya, at ng buong bansa,” Legarda said.
Legarda said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) should see to it that the registered overseas Filipino voters are adequately assisted as they cast their votes in Philippine embassies and consulates worldwide.
“I trust that our embassies and consulates worldwide will provide adequate assistance to almost 1.7 million registered Filipino overseas to ensure that the voting process will go smoothly. Let us help our kababayan overseas as they exercise their right to take part in electing the leaders who they think will give them and their family the service and protection that they need,” Legarda said.
Legarda, co-author of the Overseas Absentee Voting Law of 2003, made the statement as she assured OFWs that their welfare would remain on top of her legislative agenda once re-elected to the Senate.