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Duterte tells Moises Padilla mayor: Allow everybody to vote freely

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By Prince Golez

Let the people choose their candidates.

President Rodrigo Duterte made this remark to Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental Mayor Magdaleno Peña, the suspect in the ambush that killed Moises Padilla reelectionist Councilor Michael Garcia and his uncle, Mark Garcia.

“there’s a certain mayor that’s really the suspect of everybody. Pero ako siyang giprangkahan. Naa koy gisulti sa iya (So I confronted the mayor. I talked to him). Pero you know if you create so much problem for everybody you might find yourself the ultimate solution,” said Duterte during a campaign rally in Garcia Hernandez town, Bohol late Wednesday.

Duterte was reportedly in Moises Padilla town early today for a command conference on the province’s security situation.

“Pero you know if you create so much problem for everybody you might find yourself the ultimate solution. So you just be careful allow everybody to vote freely, this is a democracy. This is an exercise of the right of the people to choose their leader. Iyan ang mandato ng Constitution natin so we just follow,” he added.

Last May 6, the Commission on Elections placed the municipality of Moises Padilla under its control following the recent killings.

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