Duterte vows clean 2022 elections

Published November 22, 2019, 11:40 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Argyll Geducos

With still two years and eight months before he steps down, President Duterte has vowed that there will be clean elections in 2022 and that he will not seek to stay in power when his term ends.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte flashes his signature pose while onboard a plane bound for the People's Republic of China at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on August 28, 2019. (KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

Duterte made the statement when he led the inauguration of the coal-fired powerplant (Phase 2) of the Sarangani Energy Corporation in Maasim, Sarangani Friday evening.

In his speech, Duterte lauded Mindanao’s progress in energy.

“I’m pleased to note that since June 2016, the power supply in Mindanao has greatly improved. From experiencing power deficiencies which resulted in the power interruptions in the past, it currently has excess power generation,” he said.

He joked that given area’s improved access to energy, politicians will find it difficult to cheat in the 2022 elections.

“Siguro naman sa politiko mahirap na magdaya ngayon (Perhaps now politicians will have a hard time cheating in) 2022 with the kind of brightness that we are about to experience. Meron na tayong energy, ang kailangan na lang natin yung mga politiko nagpuputol ng kuryente (We now have the energy, all we’re missing is the politician who will cut it),” he added.

While recognizing that it is too early to talk about the upcoming polls, Duterte assured the public that he will not allow anyone to derail the elections.

“You know, it’s too far away to be speculating or talking about it but I am on my way out. What I can assure you, ladies and gentlemen, that it will be a clean election during that time. I will not allow anybody, friend or foe, alliances with us and on the other side, it will be equal treatment for all,” he said.

“And what I can assure you is that I am warning, and I did it last election when I said do not mess up with elections. Allow the Filipino to vote freely and the votes counted correctly,” he added.

The President also said that he will not ally with anyone to ruin the sanctity of the polls, renewing his promise to the public that he will step down once his term ends in 2022.

“At this early, I am not entering into any alliances that would derail the elections. You can be sure that I will be out of office and I will not stay even a minute longer when my term ends,” Duterte said.

Duterte has repeatedly insisted that he will not stay a second longer in the presidency than what was prescribed in the Constitution, debunking his critics’ claims that he is trying to perpetuate himself in power.

 
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Duterte vows clean 2022 elections

Published November 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Argyll Geducos

With still two years and eight months before he steps down, President Duterte has vowed that there will be clean elections in 2022 and that he will not seek to stay in power when his term ends.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte flashes his signature pose while onboard a plane bound for the People's Republic of China at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on August 28, 2019. (KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

Duterte made the statement when he led the inauguration of the coal-fired powerplant (Phase 2) of the Sarangani Energy Corporation in Maasim, Sarangani Friday evening.

In his speech, Duterte lauded Mindanao’s progress in energy.

“I’m pleased to note that since June 2016, the power supply in Mindanao has greatly improved. From experiencing power deficiencies which resulted in the power interruptions in the past, it currently has excess power generation,” he said.

He joked that given area’s improved access to energy, politicians will find it difficult to cheat in the 2022 elections.

“Siguro naman sa politiko mahirap na magdaya ngayon (Perhaps now politicians will have a hard time cheating in) 2022 with the kind of brightness that we are about to experience. Meron na tayong energy, ang kailangan na lang natin yung mga politiko nagpuputol ng kuryente (We now have the energy, all we’re missing is the politician who will cut it),” he added.

While recognizing that it is too early to talk about the upcoming polls, Duterte assured the public that he will not allow anyone to derail the elections.

“You know, it’s too far away to be speculating or talking about it but I am on my way out. What I can assure you, ladies and gentlemen, that it will be a clean election during that time. I will not allow anybody, friend or foe, alliances with us and on the other side, it will be equal treatment for all,” he said.

“And what I can assure you is that I am warning, and I did it last election when I said do not mess up with elections. Allow the Filipino to vote freely and the votes counted correctly,” he added.

The President also said that he will not ally with anyone to ruin the sanctity of the polls, renewing his promise to the public that he will step down once his term ends in 2022.

“At this early, I am not entering into any alliances that would derail the elections. You can be sure that I will be out of office and I will not stay even a minute longer when my term ends,” Duterte said.

Duterte has repeatedly insisted that he will not stay a second longer in the presidency than what was prescribed in the Constitution, debunking his critics’ claims that he is trying to perpetuate himself in power.

 
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