- President Rodrigo Duterte skipped voting in the May 14 Barangay election
- The voting precincts closed at 3 p.m. to give way to the manual counting of votes
- Duterte was to return to Malacañang to administer the oath taking of Bernadette Romulo-Puyat as the new secretary of the DOT
President Rodrigo Duterte skipped voting in the barangay elections in Davao City on Monday, May 14.
Duterte, a registered voter of Barangay Matina, was supposed to cast his vote at Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School where his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, voted earlier on Monday.
The voting precincts closed at 3 p.m. to give way for the manual counting of votes.
When Special Assistant to the President Secretary Bong Go was asked why Duterte failed to vote, he simply said “No reason.”
According to GMA News, only 97 of 272 cast their votes in the president’s precinct.
Reports also said the “seat of victory”, the armchair that Duterte sat on in May 2016 when he came to cast his vote for the national elections was brought into the precinct.
The principal of the school said they consider the seat a historical chair and have enclosed it in a glass casing since Duterte became the President.
Duterte was to return to Malacañang Palace to administer the oath taking on Monday evening of Bernadette Romulo-Puyat as the new secretary of the Department of Tourism (DOT.)