The upcoming 2019 mid-term elections will be clean, President Rodrigo R. Duterte assured, saying he will not allow intimidation and vote-buying to take place.
“It will be clean. The votes will be cast and will be counted correctly,” Duterte said during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) leadership assembly in Pasay City on Aug. 31.
Duterte is national chairman of the PDP-Laban.
Speaking before around 300 PDP-Laban members, Duterte emphasized that everyone, regardless of the political party, will be treated fairly.
Duterte hailed PDP-Laban for being a “principled [political] party,” and encouraged its members to maintain the party’s integrity.
He then reassured them his full support and underscored that the public interest must be preserved and protected at all cost.
Duterte said he would establish checkpoints nationwide to limit the number of security guards and firearms of the candidates and make sure that the campaign and election period is secured.
“I will limit the firearms to only two. Uniformed security, dalawa lang (just two),” Duterte said.
“You must surrender your excess firearms. Do not go around in excess of about two. But we will assign every candidate security, pero wala talaga yang (but there’s really no) terrorism-terrorism na yan,” he added.PNA