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Palace wishes 2019 polls truly reflect people’s will

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang said it hopes the results of the 2019 midterm elections represent the real and informed choice of voters.

“May the results of this year’s elections reflect the genuine will of the electorate and should it be so, we urge everyone to support those democratically chosen for the betterment of the Filipino people,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

In his statement on Monday, Panelo also called on winning candidates to faithfully serve the constituency’s interest.

“And to those who will be proclaimed elected in whatever position they aspired for, we urge them to be fealty to their duties imposed by law and to serve their constituents well and with dedication,” he added.

The chief presidential legal counsel likewise urged the public to be vigilant against voting fraud.

“As counting begins, we call on everyone to be vigilant and be on guard against any act of irregularity in the election. The electoral fraud comes when the voters do not participate or involve themselves after they cast their votes. Let us not allow those who seek to destroy our democratic process and trample our sacred votes have their way,” according to him.

Panelo, meanwhile, thanked all the parties who have contributed to ensure peaceful and orderly polling.

“We laud our authorities for their extra vigilance and strict enforcement of election laws, including the apprehension of persons for violations of the gun ban, liquor ban, and vote buying. We express our gratitude to our teachers for their sacrifice as members of the Election Board, ensuring that the elections from the registration, actual voting and counting are clean and credible,” the official said.

“We likewise thank our people for taking part in this healthy democratic exercise and sacred ritual of choosing the individuals who they believe can help in governing this nation and their respective localities,” he added.

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