Imee Marcos disowns 'solo vote' sample ballots

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 10 2019 04:48 PM

Imee Marcos speaks at the miting de avance of Hugpong ng Pagbabago in Davao City. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

DAVAO CITY - Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos denied Friday being behind the supposed spread of sample ballots which suggests a solo vote for her.

Marcos said the sample ballots were the handiwork of her "detractors."

"My detractors have been distributing fake sample ballots containing only my name in the list of senatorial candidates. They are trying to create the impression that I am campaigning for a single vote only in my favor," she said in a statement.

Marcos said it is not her type to betray her allies.

The governor, daughter of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, is part of a group of senatorial candidates under the regional slate Hugpong ng Pagbabago, chaired by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Marcos is also a guest candidate in the personal lineup of President Rodrigo Duterte, who often cites her as one of the few local government officials who backed his presidential bid in 2016.

"Napaka-pathetic ng taktika ng ating mga kalaban para lang ako ay siraan sa mga kapwa ko senatorial candidates sa ilalim ng Hugpong ng Pagbabago," Marcos said.

(It is so pathetic of my opponents to taint my image before my fellow Hugpong ng Pagbabago candidates.)

Marcos said the sample ballots were being distributed even in her hometown in Ilocos Norte and in Mindanao.

"This is clearly a demolition job by those who do not want me to win at all cost," she said.