- An OFW from Hong Kong claimed she voted for Mayor Duterte but Roxas’ name came out in her ballot
- She complained to poll officials but was given a hard time
- Nevertheless, the determined OFW stood her ground until she got what she wanted
HONG KONG – An ardent supporter of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in Hong Kong has claimed she was ‘robbed’ of her vote after her ballot came out showing administration bet Mar Roxas’ name instead.
In an emotional interview, overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Cecile Caluya said she went to the polling precinct in Bayanihan and voted for Duterte as her president. She even double-checked her entries to make sure that she shaded the correct names before feeding it to the machine.
To her utter shock, however, the voting receipt came back with Mar Roxas’ name.
Disturbed and disappointed at the same time, she went on to complain but was told she may have committed an error in shading the ballots.
However, Caluya said she stood firm that she voted for Duterte and no one else. She was then told to fill up an affidavit and was asked to see one of the poll secretaries.
Not contented with how things turned out, Caluya narrated she sought the help of volunteers who suggested she needed to get the ballot number.
Initially, her request was refused but Caluya stood her ground. She was also assured her ballot will be counted for Duterte.
But what irked Caluya the most was supposedly a remark coming from one of the poll officials.
“Sabi nila, ah, ayaw mo pala sa magagandang lalaki,” Caluya said; recalling he exchange with one of the officials. “Sabi ko, hindi sa ayaw ko sa magagandang lalaki, ayaw ko lang sa mga magnanakaw.”
[They told me, so you don’t like good-looking men. I replied, ‘It’s not that I don’t like good-looking men, what I despise are the thieves.’]
“Ang gusto ko po kasi talaga ipaglaban ko ‘yung boto ko, ipaglaban ko ‘yung karapatan naming mga OFW, ipaglaban ko ang sigaw ng bayan,” Caluya added. [What I really want is to fight for my vote, to fight for our rights as OFWs, to fight for the cry of the people.]
Caluya then expressed her frustrations with the present government – the rampant criminalities and drug problems; the reasons why she chose Duterte for president.
She also believe hers was not the first case in the alleged anomaly going on in overseas absentee voting (OAV) polling precincts.
Watch her emotional interview below (You Tube video by HK Pinoy TV):