PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday cast his vote in the 2019 midterm elections, which is widely viewed as a referendum on his administration amid criticisms of his deadly drug war, supposed crackdown on critics and embrace of China.
Dressed in a black polo shirt and black pants, Duterte arrived at precinct 1245A around 4:30 p.m. accompanied by his wife Honeylet Avanceña.
Before casting his vote, Duterte looked over his ballot first.
Unlike in the 2016 elections, the President did not use his wooden historical chair.
In several instances, Honeylet was seen assisting him and even giving him a piece of paper.
Duterte shaded his ballot for around 15 minutes before it was fed to the machine and was accepted at 4:51 p.m.
Duterte arrived at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School in Barangay Matina where his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, voted earlier in the day.
He previously skipped voting in the May 2018 barangay elections, pointing out he wanted to “erase all suspicions” as regards his loyalty.
Over the past three months, Duterte took the time out of his busy schedule to pitch for votes for his 12 senatorial bets, the majority of whom were poised to win seats according to surveys.
On the campaign trail, the President mocked the credentials and background of opposition senatorial candidates running under the Otso Diretso banner.
Duterte had also said the Otso Diretso bets would head “straight to hell.”
Malacañang and Sara Duterte have underscored the need for the President to have more allies that will shepherd his legislative agenda in the upper chamber of Congress which included the restoration of death penalty and shift to a federal form of government.