Duterte dismisses alleged poll cheating: 'Tulog lang ako'

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

NO WORRIES. Presidential race favorite Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Monday shrugged off alleged incidents of vote-buying in Monday's elections.

"Wala ako... Tulog lang ako," he said in reaction to alleged cheating attempts.

Duterte, who was welcomed by a boisterous crowd at his polling precinct at the Daniel Aguinaldo National High School, later clarified: "Alam mo kasi, lesson in life: things beyond your control, huwag mo nang [intindihin]."

"Hindi mo kontralado kung bilihan o takutan, leave it to the Comelec (Commission on Elections), military and police, and that's it."

The 71-year-old mayor added that ensuring fair and honest elections is the mandate of the Comelec. "If they cannot come up with one, that is their problem. That is not my problem," he said.

Duterte also appeared not surprised at the mammoth crowd of supporters who braved the scorching heat while awaiting his arrival at the voting center.

"I am not surprised, I am a candidate for the presidency. And almost all of them are my constituents so it is very natural for them to gravitate towards me," he said.

Duterte, who arrived at his polling center at past 3 p.m., was the last among five presidential candidates to vote. -- With a report from Doris Bigornia, ABS-CBN News

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