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Duterte tells Comelec: Deputize me for 2019 polls

By: - Reporter / @JLeonenINQ
/ 07:41 PM August 17, 2018
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Comelec office. FILE PHOTO

Deputize me.

This was what President Rodrigo Duterte told the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday to help ensure a clean conduct of the 2019 midterm elections.

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Duterte added that he will impose the “Alunan” doctrine, which limits the number of armed guards of politicians.

“I commit to the Filipino people that this will be a clean election. Sabihin ko sa Comelec na i-deputize personally ako [I’m telling the Comelec to deputize me personally],” Duterte said in a speech before a political gathering in Davao City.

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“In the next few months, I will impose the Alunan doctrine. You cannot bring long firearms during the election,” the Chief Executive said.

Likewise, Duterte chastised the communist rebels, telling them not to terrorize the public during the local and national polls.

“Itong mga NPA, huwag kayong makialam kasi election to [These NPA rebels, do not meddle because this is an election]. Do not terrorize. I will tell the Armed Forces and the police not to interfere if you are not deputized,” he said. /jpv

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