BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte: Vice-presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. cast his vote at exactly 6 a.m. at the Precinct 36A inside the Mariano Marcos Memorial Elementary School, in Brgy. Valdez in this city.
Afterwards, he, his mother Rep. Imelda Marcos, and younger sister Irene Araneta proceeded to a nearby Catholic church to pray for the peaceful, honest and credible elections.
“All candidates I voted appeared in my voter’s receipt,” he said after emerging from the voting precinct. “With the idea that vox populi, vox Dei, I just asked that God’s will be done. Because, after all, that’s what election should be about,” he added, after emerging from the church.
However, at a news briefing held at nearby Batac Mansion, where his elder sister, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos-Manotoc joined them, Marcos urged his supporters to guard their votes until closing time.
He also expressed apprehension on reports of widespread vote-buying from rival opponents.
“I can practically give you a price list of those who have been buying votes,” he said. “Vote buying is every where, I have not heard any place where there is no vote buying. They dumped huge amount of money lately. I think we have to also find out where these [huge amounts]of money were coming from.”
Marcos said his voting was orderly and he did not experience any problem.
“I just followed the procedure the Commission on Elections told us voters. I shaded properly my choice of candidates. My voter’s receipt had exactly showed what I voted,” he revealed.
At least three Marcoses are running in the local elections here.
Imee is seeking re-election as well as her mother Imelda (2nd district), and Mathew Joseph Marcos Manotoc, who is running for provincial board member.
Imee and Imelda are running unopposed.
Meanwhile, the senator’s son, Ferdinand Alexander, 22, also cast his vote, a first timer, in Laoag City. He had just finished college in London. He said he is still weighing things on what to do next after college. For the meantime, he acts as assistant to his father. JAIME R. PILAPIL