PNoy uses kodigo to ensure 12-0 vote for team
TARLAC CITY (UPDATE) - President Aquino brought with him a sample ballot and used it as his "kodigo" (guide) when he cast his vote.
Speaking to reporters, Aquino said he wanted to make sure that he voted for all the candidates of the administration senatorial slate.
Aquino disclosed that he voted 12-0 in favor of Team PNoy's candidates.
Choosing alphabetically, Aquino said Sonny Angara was number one on his list while Cynthia Villar was last.
"Sinigurado ko lang dahil baka naman may nalaktawan pa tayo doon sa 12 natin. I am sure that I voted for them," Aquino said.
He declined to disclose his choices for the local positions, invoking the secrecy of his vote.
Aquino arrived at past nine in the morning with his sisters Ballsy and Pinky and their respective families.
Aquino fell in line and waited for his turn for about 15 minutes before casting his vote in Precinct 175-A at the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Elementary School.
It took about 10 minutes for the President to complete the process of the vote from securing his ballot, filling it up and feeding it into the PCOS machine.
It was a far cry from his experience during the 2010 presidential elections when the PCOS machine malfunctioned, forcing him to wait for more than four hours.
Aquino said that it was as if it was his first time to use the PCOS machine this year.
"Syempre ang laking difference noong 2010. As you remember, hindi natin nagamit ang PCOS machine. So para tayong for the first time gumagamit ng PCOS. So mabilis… mabilis ang proseso," Aquino said.
Voting at the President's precinct went relatively smoothly except when a ballot jammed the PCOS machine at past 8 a.m.
Provincial election supervisor Elaiza David said election officers had to restart the PCOS machine with the votes cast earlier already saved. The PCOS machine worked normally soon after.
After casting his vote, Aquino went back to the Palace where he is meeting with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in the afternoon for an update and assessment on the conduct of the elections.
Aquino said he left a directive to the Chief PNP to ensure the peaceful conduct of the elections.
"Daanan lahat ang preparations ulit, make sure that we have done everything possible to ensure na peaceful ang elections," he said.
On the power situation, Aquino said that Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla has ensured that there will be enough power during election day.
"Talagang inikutan nila uli just to make sure that to the best efforts humanly possible ma-ensure natin continuous [ang] power supply today," he said.
On the power outage in Batangas andd Laguna, Aquino said that Petilla has told him that a defective transformer caused the outage but power is expected to be restored within 1 to 1 hour and a half.