Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio insisted Monday that there is ballot secrecy.
The presidential daughter made the statement after she voted for 12 senators, effectively dropping one of the 13 Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s (HNP) backed senatorial candidates.
“Of course, 12 lang ang ibinoto ko. May secrecy of the ballot,” she told reporters.
During the campaign period, HNP endorsed 13 senatorial candidates even if there were only 12 slots.
HNP is a Davao-based regional political party chaired by Duterte-Carpio. Many national and local candidates sought for HNP’s endorsement.