AWARE that overvoting would result in a spoiled ballot, Hugpong ng Pagbabago founder Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said they take care in telling the people to vote for the party’s candidates.
The HNP is endorsing 13 candidates that will fight for 12 senatorial seats. They are Francis Tolentino; Bong Go; Bato dela Rosa; reelectionists Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, Cynthia Villar and Koko Pimentel; Reps. Pia Cayetano and Dong Mangudadatu; Imee Marcos; Jiggy Manicad and ex-Sens. Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.
According to Duterte-Carpio, they are offering these candidates to the people and it is for them to decide who will be their 12 choices.
“Binibigay na namin sa mga tao, sa mga individual voters, kung sino ‘yung 12 na pipiliin nila sa 13 candidates na tinutulungan ng Hugpong ng Pagbabago,” the presidential daughter said.
Earlier, the Commission on Elections said that overvoting or voting in excess of the number of candidates required for a specific elective post will result in stray vote which will not be read by the counting machine.
For mid-term elections, a voter can vote for 12 senators; one party-list group; one governor; one vice governor; required number of board members; one congressional representative; one mayor; one vice mayor and required number of council members.
“That’s why we don’t mention that we are endorsing 13 candidates and you can listen during the rallies, we don’t say that. We only present them onstage and we let the voters choose from the candidates onstage,” Duterte-Carpio said in an interview after the campaign sortie in Bataan.
When asked who will be her 12 candidates, the mayor mentioned no names but only criteria or qualifications.
“Well, first is track record. Second is what they are saying they will do in the Senate for the progress of our country. Third is of course support for the Duterte administration,” she said.
During the campaign sortie in Pampanga, Duterte-Carpio defended the decision of the regional party to include Revilla and Estrada, who were accused of plunder over their involvement in the pork barrel scam.
According to the Mayor, she sees nothing wrong with the two, particularly Revilla who has been acquitted. Estrada’s case is still pending trial and resolution.