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Duterte on skipping village polls: ‘Purely political’

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said his decision to skip voting on the first barangay or village elections under his term was “purely political.”

“Purely political. Almost all the candidates were my supporters during the last election,” Duterte said in an interview.

“They would never believe that I voted for them or not so I think the better option would really be to just skip the voting because I don’t want them to doubt me,” he added.

The president said he just monitored the nationwide village elections through “so many communication gadgets.”

“To erase all suspicions in the mind of people who really helped me along the way, I didn’t vote,” he said.

“But I was busy monitoring all over the Philippines in front of so many communication gadgets,” he added.

He said he just wanted to avoid candidates getting mad at him.