Roxas: May polls can’t be delayed

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Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd has rejected the postponement of the May 9 elections.

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Roxas, in a statement on Friday, made his stand in light of a Supreme Court (SC) decision to affirm its earlier ruling ordering the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to issue voter
receipts for the coming polls via a 13-0 vote.

In affirming its earlier decision, the High Court denied the Comelec’s appeal.

“Even considering the Supreme Court’s decision, I am of the firm belief that the elections should push through on May 9 as stated in the law,” Roxas said in Filipino.

He added that it is still better if the voting period is extended as a result of the SC ruling rather than having the polls delayed.

“If the elections will be delayed, it would only result in questions and doubts on our institutions,” Roxas said.

In an interview in La Trinidad, Benguet, the standard-bearer of the Liberal party underscored that he is in favor of the issuance of voter receipts because it will enable the voters to verify if their votes are indeed counted.

Roxas likened the situation to an ATM (automated teller machine) card that issues a receipt stating how much cash is left in the cardholders’ account.

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