PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte cast his vote yesterday in Davao City amid criticisms of his deadly drug war, supposed crackdown on critics and embrace of China.
Dressed in black polo shirt and black pants, Duterte arrived at precinct 1245A around 4:30 p.m. accompanied by his partner Honeylet Avanceña.
Duterte looked over his ballot before casting his vote.
The President did not use his historical wooden chair unlike in the 2016 elections.
Honeylet was seen assisting him and even giving him a piece of paper on several instances.
Duterte shaded his ballot for around 15 minutes before it was fed to the machine and accepted at 4:51 p.m.
Duterte arrived at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School in Bgy. Matina where his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, voted earlier in the day.
The President previously skipped voting in the barangay elections, pointing out he wanted to “erase all suspicions” as regards his loyalty.
Over the past three months, Duterte took time out of his busy schedule to pitch for votes for his 12 senatorial bets, majority of whom were poised to win seats according to surveys.
On the campaign trail, the President mocked the credentials and background of opposition senatorial candidates running under the Otso Diretso banner.
Duterte had also said the Otso Diretso bets would head “straight to hell.”
Malacañang and Sara Duterte have underscored the need for the President to have more allies that will shepherd his legislative agenda in the upper chamber of Congress which included the restoration of death penalty and shifting to a federal form of government