The May 14, 2018 was set to be the elections for the Barangay and the Sangguniang Kabataan elections.
Presiden Rodrigo Roa Duterte in 2016, voiced his opinion that he is in favor of postponing the elections for it would save the national treasury billions of pesos and would protect the elections from the influence of drug syndicates.
“Do you know the reason why I also agreed with some congressmen to postpone the barangay elections? Because I am afraid that the drug money will seep into the electoral process,” Duterte said on August 26, 2016, at the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Mindanao Command in Davao City.
|VP Lani Robredo shown above casting her vote for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections at Tabuco Elementary School in Naga City.(photo credit to the office of the Vice President)|
The year after that the president signed Republic Act 10952, which postponed the village and youth council elections to the second week of May 2018.
Leni votes in Naga City
Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo went to her hometown t cast her vote for the the Barangay and the Sangguniang Kabataan elections.
She arrived a few minutes pass 11AM, at the Tabuco Elementary School together with her daughter Tricia Robredo.
In her Facebook account, the Vice President was saddened by the low turnout of voters.
"I hope that more will come out to vote today while there is still time. Much like our city and national polls, electing barangay officials is important as they stand to be the first unit of government we can turn to in times of need in the community," she said.
"I hope that the winners of this elections will remember the value of public service and the mandate entrusted to them by the people," she added.
PRRD fails to vote in Davao City
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte did not vote in the Barangay and Sangguinang Kabataan elections.
Christopher “Bong” Go, special assistant to the President (SAP),has confirmed the reports that the the President, was a no-show but stop in saying what could be the reason for his non-appearance.
This elections could have been Duterte’s first vote as President of the republic.
Duterte is a registered voter at the Daniel Aguinaldo National High School in Davao City where his daughter, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, had voted.
The Board of Election Tellers in the school closed the polls at about 3:05 p.m.
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Report from PNA