Sara Duterte to bets: Don't buy votes, don't pay for NPA permits

Hernel Tocmo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 27 2018 09:09 AM

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte - An umbrella organization composed of groups that support the Duterte administration held on Thursday an advocacy campaign program to advocate fair, honest, and peaceful Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

Tapang at Malasakit Alliance for the Philippines, which was launched in October last year, gathered 2,500 candidates for barangay elections in RDR gym, showing them video presentations about what ordinary voters look for in a candidate.

Some 2,500 candidates for the barangay elections gather in Tagum City to promote fair, honest, and peaceful polls next month. Hernel Tocmo, ABS-CBN News

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte urged the candidates not to commit violence against their opponents and not to engage in vote-buying and cheating.

She told the candidates not to give in to the demands of the New People's Army to pay for permits to campaign. All candidates should also remove posted campaign paraphernalia after the elections, she added. 

In the middle of her speech, she said in jest that she will run for senator in the 2019 midterm elections.

She earlier told reporters: "I have no plans of running for national position because all of us, we live and work here in Davao City."

"So our priority is the place where we live and where our children go to school."

In a survey conducted by Pulse Asia last March, President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest daughter placed 6th in possible senatorial bets in the 2019 polls. 

Sara Duterte, who is currently the chairperson of a regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago, said although she will not endorse candidates for barangay elections, she sees no problem in accepting photo requests from candidates.