Late Monday night, LAKAS-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) vice presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said she will not condone any form of “cheating” on May 9 presidential elections.
Duterte made her statement following reports of pre-shaded ballots that included her name in the absentee voting in Singapore and in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“I never have and will never condone cheating. I won my past elections because the people voted for me,” Duterte said.
“Reports about pre-shaded ballots discovered during the absentee voting in Singapore and Dubai are not to be taken lightly. That my name was allegedly pre-shaded, along with some senatorial candidates, is grossly disconcerting,” Duterte said.
As a politician, Duterte said, “my experience has taught me that Filipinos do not respect those who cheat and engage in election fraud.”
“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 said.
Duterte said the “legal team of Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats will officially request the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to conduct an investigation into the allegation of electoral irregularities in Dubai and Singapore. The same action is also to be requested from the Comelec for future similar reports and allegations – if any.”
“Let me also take 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. Daghang salamat,” Duterte pointed out.
“Mahalin natin ang Pilipinas!” Duterte said.