Gov’t would not resort to cheating in midterm polls to ensure victory for its bets

Published September 18, 2018, 11:12 AM

by Francine Ciasico

By Genalyn Kabiling

The government would not resort to any form of cheating in the upcoming midterm elections, national and local elections just to secure victory for its bets, President Duterte vowed Monday.

President Duterte is prepared to respect the ruling of the Supreme Court on a petition questioning the validity of his proclamation that voided the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

The President has promised anew to facilitate clean and credible elections in 2019, as he rejected poll fraud as a way to enter a “democratic government” in the country.

“No way that kaming nasa gobyerno ngayon will take part in any cheating [No way will our government take part in any cheating],” Duterte said during a meeting with officials on disaster rescue and relief efforts in La Trinidad, Benguet on Monday.

“I will never allow it kasi [because] that ain’t the way how to join a democratic government,” he said.

The President also renewed his pledge that the military and police would enforce strict gun control and not to engage in partisan politics.

He also authorized them to “shoot” candidates who violate the gun ban during the election period.

“I commit to you that the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, and I will promise you a clean election. Walang partido-partido [No partisanship],” he said.

“Mas unahin ko ‘yung — unahin mo ‘yung kapartido ko. Shoot him first para walang masabi but be sure to shoot the second one, the opponent also,” he said.

Police checkpoints will also be established to clamp down on private armies and loose firearms, according to the President.

Duterte said he would not allow anyone “strutting around with an Armalite” during the election period.

“Bawal talaga ‘yan [That’s illegal] and if you pass a checkpoint and you do not stop at sinalbahan ka, there’s a warning shot,” he said.

“And if you think that you’re a g**d*** big time mayor, eh kung mamatay ka, ako talaga ang magsabi, ‘I was the one who ordered it. As a matter of fact, I said it in Baguio. Shoot,'” he said.

“You think I cannot enforce it? Tingnan mo pag may apat, tatlong mayor namatay diyan sunod lahat ‘yan [If you see three or four mayors dead, everyone will follow],” he added.