BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte: Vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has expressed apprehension on reports of widespread vote-buying during Monday’s elections here.
“I can practically give you a price list of those that have been buying votes. Vote-buying is everywhere, I have not heard of any place where there is no vote-buying. They dumped huge amounts of money lately. I think we have to also find out where this money is coming from,” the senator said.
Marcos cast his vote at 6 a.m. at the Mariano Marcos Memorial Elementary School in Barangay Valdez (Precinct No. 36A) in Batac City.
“All candidates I voted for appeared in my voter’s receipt,” the senator said after emerging from the voting precinct.
“With the idea that vox populi, vox dei, I just ask that God’s will be done. Because after all, that’s what elections should be about,” he added.
Afterward, he, his mother Rep. Imelda Marcos, and younger sister Irene Araneta proceeded to the nearby Catholic Church to pray for peaceful, honest and credible elections.
At a news briefing held at nearby Batac Mansion, where his elder sister Gov. Imee Marcos-Manotoc joined them, Marcos urged his supporters to guard their votes until closing time.
At least three Marcoses are running in the local elections here.
Imee is seeking reelection as is her mother Imelda for the Second District and Matthew 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, for the first time, in Laoag City.
He had just finished college in London.
Ferdinand Alexander said he is still weighing things on what to do next after college.
At present, he acts as assistant to his father.