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Choose leaders who will put the country and the people first: Palace

MANILA, Philippines — On Sunday, Malacanang urged Filipino voters to elect leaders who will put the country’s and citizens’ interests first.

Martin Andanar, the acting presidential spokesperson and Communications Secretary, said this ahead of the May 9 national and local elections.

“The Filipino people will exercise their right to vote tomorrow, May 9, 2022.” “The Palace invites all registered voters to use this opportunity to elect the next set of leaders who have the nation’s best interests and people’s welfare at heart,” he said.

The May elections, according to Andanar, are “evidence” of the country’s robust democracy and stability.

In the meantime, he urged the public to follow minimal public health standards throughout the voting process.

“Maaga po tayong pumunta sa mga presinto at bumoto ng mga kandidatong ating napupusuan,” he added. “Let’s go to the precincts early and vote for the candidates we want to elect while continuing to observe the existing health and safety regulations.”

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said in a taped interview with Apollo Quiboloy aired on Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI) on Friday that voters should be careful while choosing the next president and look into the biodata of all 10 contenders.

“Please check the biodata of the candidates, including the presidential candidate,” he added.

Duterte hailed the Philippines’ democracy as “vibrant” during his remarks at the United States’ (US) Summit for Democracy, which was organized by US President Joseph “Joe” Biden Jr. in December 2021.

He stated that he will devote the remainder of his term to ensuring that no one is left behind while the country recovers from the Covid-19 outbreak.

“In June 2022, I will step down.” Our imperfect democracy’s job will undoubtedly continue. “In May, my administration will ensure that elections are fair, peaceful, credible, and free,” he stated.

He stated that handing up the reins of power to his successor would be his “greatest honor,” knowing that he had done his utmost to serve the country and people.

Aside from the 1.697 million Filipinos living abroad, nearly 65.7 million Filipinos would be eligible to vote in the May elections.

The majority of voters (53,795,522) are between the ages of 18 and 57. There are 37,015,901 voters between the ages of 18 and 41, and 11,925,708 voters between the ages of 58 and 60.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has established voting hours from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the possibility of extensions depending on voter turnout.

Standard health and safety standards must be followed, including the mandatory use of face masks, the voluntary use of face shields in places with an Alert Level 3 or lower, frequent hand washing or sanitization, and physical separation.

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