Daily Tribune (Philippines)

Pick leaders wisely, new voters told

‘Your first chance to exercise your right to vote is very important, do not waste it. By voting, you are expressing your love for the country’

- BY JOM GARNER @tribunephl_jom

With the elections fast approachin­g, Presidenti­al aspirant and Vice President Leni Robredo, and her running mate, Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan urged first-time voters to elect leaders with clean track records and good character.

During her multisecto­ral assembly at the Provincial Sports Complex in Tandag City in Surigao del Sur, Leni reminded her supporters, which consisted mostly of young people, to choose their leaders for the love of the country.

“Your first chance to exercise your right to vote is very important, do not waste it. By voting, you are expressing your love for the country,” she said.

“If we really love our country, we would pick the right leaders. Attending rallies does not mean we’re picking the right leaders, read and listen to what we are saying. Also check our track records and character as it will also serve as our basis if we could really deliver our promises,” she added.

Leni then boasted the unqualifie­d opinion or highest audit rating received by the Office of the Vice President, which she leads, for the past three years.

Unqualifie­d opinion is the best mark a government agency can receive from the state auditors. Her office was awarded for three consecutiv­e years from 2018 and 2020.

Meanwhile, her running mate, Kiko, reminded those who attended the rally to choose those who are not afraid to show up and speak in front of many people.

“Candidates like us want to get your sweet ‘yes.’ Please examine your candidates very well, don’t get fooled,” he said.

“If there are debates, as a candidate you should attend. If you are courting someone, it is natural that you show up,” he added, without disclosing the name of who he was referring to.

Survey frontrunne­r former senator Bongbong Marcos has been consistent in skipping presidenti­al debates and fora.

According to the Commission on Elections, age brackets 18-30 and 18-40, which are classified as the youth vote, comprise 51 percent of the projected 66.9 million total registered voters.

The poll body said there will be almost 880,000 individual­s who will elect their chosen candidates for the first time.

‘Hindi kami bayad’

Meanwhile, Leni couldn’t help but to finally address the claims of Cavite Rep. Boying Remulla who alleged that her supporters received payments in exchange for attending her rallies.

“I will start this by saying that you are not paid,” she said while her supporters chanted “hindi kami bayad,” and waved their pink flaglets and placards.

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