Manila Standard Today - Marcos airs doubts on mall voting

News & Interviews
9 November 2015

By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Manila Standard Today 

Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Sunday raised concerns over mall voting in 2016, which was approved in principle by the Commission on Elections but which he said should not be allowed.

He said the voting should be restricted in school buildings.

“I don’t know if that is allowed. It’s very questionable as to whether or not you can set up precints in a mall,” Marcos said.

“Will they close the malls? Will shoppers be allowed to go in and out of the precints?”

Marcos said the logistical and practical arrangements for mall voting was a bit difficult.

“I don’t see why we have to do that,” said Marcos who is running for vice president in 2016.

He said it was clear that the voting should be restricted to school buildings. It should be conducted only in schools.

Marcos said they were near to coming up with a senatorial line up.

He said the list will include Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno.

"I have also proposed that [Sarangani Rep.] Manny Pacquiao join us," Marcos said.

"We have proposed many other candidates, but Senator Miriam also wants her own senatoriables. That's why we have to discuss. I think it would be better if we agreed on the 12."

Romualdez and Pacquiao also belong to the United Nationalist Alliance of Vice President Jejomar Binay. Moreno is a shared candidate of Senator Grace Poe's Partido Galing at Puso and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada's Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.