Vice Presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. today cast his vote early in his home province of Ilocos Norte where he began his career in public service that prepared him to face the biggest challenge so far in his political career.
Marcos was among the early voters, arriving shortly past 6:00 in the morning in his precinct at the Mariano Marcos Memorial Elementary School in Barangay Valdez, Batac City.
Marcos, along with his mother, Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Imelda R. Marcos, his sister Irene Araneta, and other members of the Marcos family are registered voters of Brgy. Lacub, Precinct No. 36-A.
The Senator, who was no. 74 in the voter’s list of the precinct, was the fifth voter to enter the polling place. He completed voting after a few minutes and when the ballot was inserted into the counting machine, it was processed without a hitch.
“Ginawa ko lahat ng mga tinuturo natin sa voters. I made sure na na-shade ng mabuti lahat ng aking mga napili na ihahalal at tiningnan ko ng mabuti yung resibo at eksakto naman sa aking ibinoto, so wala namang problema,” Marcos told reporters about his voting experience.
After voting, Marcos proceeded to the nearby Immaculate Conception Church, where he joined his mother for a short prayer.
“With the sentiment of vox populi, vox dei, I just ask that God's will be done because after all that's what an election should be about,” he said when asked what he prayed for.
Thereafter he proceeded to the Marcos mansion for breakfast with his mother. They were later joined by his wife, Atty. Louise Araneta Marcos, his eldest son Sandro--who voted separately in Laoag City---and his sisters Irene and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.
With the huge number of voters and precincts involved, Marcos said some problems are expected to occur but he expressed hope that the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic have put in place measures to immediately address all kinds of problems.
With his campaign done without any major problem and the warm reception of the people nationwide I espousing his message for national unity, Marcos reiterated he is confident of victory.
“I’m feeling that by all indications we should be successful today,” he told reporters in an ambush interview.
Marcos said he remains confident he would win despite the fact that his camp continues to receive reports of massive vote-buying. He advised voters to take the money but vote for their candidates of choice.
“Huwag ninyong pabayaan na mawala at matahimik ang inyong boses lalo na sa araw na ito. Huwag ninyong pabayaan na masawi ang tunay na ninanais ng ating mga kababayan para sa ating mga liders sa susunod na Administrasyon,” said Marcos in a press briefing.
Marcos said he is flying back to Manila to monitor the conduct of the elections and the counting of the votes in his campaign headquarters.
“We have our own internal quick count that we have done in cooperation with several quick count networks. We have actually several quick counts in my headquarters alone. So that's what we'll be monitoring,” said Marcos.
Likewise, Marcos said his team will monitor the conduct of the elections through TV and radio broadcasts, as well as the posts in social media.
“I’m hopeful that we are still going to have an orderly and honest election. I was watching the procedure very closely, palagay ko naman mauunawaan na madali ang proseso. So I hope kung ano yung nangyari sa akin yun din ang mangyayari sa mga bumoto, na simple lang, at hindi nagkaproblema,” Marcos concluded.