TARLAC CITY, Tarlac: President Benigno Aquino 3rd cast his vote at precinct 175-A of the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Elementary School here in his home province, carefully making sure he marked the names of his endorsed candidates.
While he was voting, TV news cameras from outside the window zooming in on the
President’s hand showed him shading the names of Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd for President and Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo for Vice President.
Voting at the school went smoothly, except for a paper jam that prompted the Board of Election Inspectors to replace a Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine ahead of the President’s arrival.
Aquino, wearing a light brown collared shirt and jeans, arrived at the school at 9:20 a.m, with his sisters, Maria Elena “Ballsy” Aquino-Cruz and Aurora Corazon “Pinky” Aquino-Abellada.
He and his sisters waited in line outside precinct cluster 73 for about 30 minutes. Joining them were the husbands and sons of the President’s sisters.
Aquino, who was fourth on the list of registered voters at his precinct, took a while to fill up his ballot, making sure to double-check his votes.
The President wrote on a piece of paper, which appeared to be his kodigo (notes), as he was going through the choices for local candidates.
It took him some 10 minutes before feeding his ballot to the Vote Counting Machine and having his index finger marked with indelible ink.
He was done voting by 10:20 a.m.
The President did not say a word to the media but a Palace official said he will be heading straight to Bahay Pangarap, his official residence inside the Malacanang compound, to monitor developments on Election Day.
Tarlac has 739,526 registered voters, the fourth biggest in Central Luzon, according to the Commission on Elections.
It has 1,229 cluster precincts in 480 voting centers in its 511 barangay (villages).