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Take it or leave it! Duterte tells OFWs to vote for all his senatorial bets

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President Rodrigo Duterte has appealed to Filipino migrant workers to vote for the senatorial candidates he will endorse even as his party does not yet have a full slate.

In a speech before the Filipino community in Jordan Friday (September 7), Duterte told the audience to be more discerning about who they will vote for senator in 2019.

“Maawa naman kayo sa bayan ninyo. Kung sa — buti na lang ‘yun kung sinong popular sa sine, sinong popular na actor. Pero por Dios naman kung magdating na sa mga batas-batas, mamili naman kayo ng tao na ano,” he said.

Duterte said that while the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) does not yet have a senatorial slate, voters could heed or ignore his endorsement when the time comes.

“Wala pa akong slate. Pero if I were to give you one that comes from the heart, ang akin just take it or leave it because ako wala na. Sagad na ako eh. After six years, ba-bye,” he said.

PDP-Laban president Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III earlier said the party is still in the process of coming up with 12 senatorial candidates to field for next year’s elections.