Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. welcomed the issuance by the Supreme Court of a temporary restraining order stopping the implementation by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of its “no-bio, no boto” policy.
He noted that the order will prevent the Comelec from immediately deactivating the registration of voters without biometric information estimated at over three million.
“This is a welcome development. For most of our people, the only time they can actually voice what they want their government to be is when they cast their votes. It’s no trivial matter to take away this right from so many people,” Marcos said.
Although the High Court has yet to rule on the merits of the case, its initial action temporarily stopping the controversial Comelec order “gave hope to millions of registered voters without biometric data that they may still be able to vote in the May 2016 polls.”
“I believe the right of suffrage is fundamental to democracy and that any doubt should be resolved in favor of allowing a qualified and registered voter to cast his vote,” Marcos said.