Duterte vows clean 2019 polls

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 17 2018 09:01 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday vowed that the upcoming 2019 mid-term elections will be clean.

“In this election, I commit to the Filipino people that this will be a clean election,” Duterte said in a speech in Davao City.

“I will tell Comelec (Commission on Elections), deputize me personally. There will be voting, and the votes will be counted correctly.”

The Philippines adopted automated elections in 2010, after years of manual polls which were fraught with allegations of cheating.

The President said he would also make sure that all corners of the country will be properly secured during the polls, as he asked communist rebels to stop from collecting “taxes” at election season. 

“Don’t terrorize. I will also tell the [military] and police not to interfere,” the President said.

“No one can bring guns, except maybe the police. The army is prohibited from joining sorties. Checkpoints will be established,” he said.

The President said he would also make sure that the so-called Alunan doctrine, which limits the number of armed guards of politicians, will be strictly enforced during the elections.