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POLL: Why I voted

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CNN Philippines Life spoke to several voters in Makati and Manila to get to know why they voted at the midterm elections.

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — On May 13, 2019, millions of Filipinos enter their voting precincts to decide which politicians will become the country’s next lawmakers and leaders. But even before election day came, there were already reports of issues of alleged vote-buying and corrupted SD cards.

On the day itself, several vote-counting machines are said to have malfunctioned. Yet as early as 6 a.m., voters lined up to cast their votes, hopeful that their voices will be heard and their votes will matter.

CNN Philippines Life spoke to several voters in Makati and Manila to get to know why they voted at the midterm elections.

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Norma Casao, 64, pensioner

“Syempre kailangan. I’m not [a citizen] of the Philippines kung hindi ako boboto. Karapatan natin ‘yan eh. Kailangan suriin mong mabuti ‘yung iboboto mo kasi hindi basta-bastang desisyon ang gagamitin mo diyan. Nakasalalay diyan buhay natin eh.”

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Arlene*, 38, housewife

“Kaya ako bumoto para, unang-una, cliché man pakinggan pero sabi nga nila para raw sa mga bata. Totoo naman ‘yun eh. Kasi once na bumoto ka at nagkamali ka ng boto, ang mag-su-suffer talaga doon hindi lang ikaw, pati ‘yung mga susunod na generation. Kasi ilang years ‘yun uupo eh. Lalo ako, may mga anak akong maliliit, so importante talaga na ang iboto mo ‘yung talagang sa tingin mo ‘yung makakatulong para sa pag-unlad ng bansa. Sabi nila hindi naman dapat i-asa sa mga kandidato pero syempre sila ang nasa taas, so sila ang makakakita ng lahat ng mali dito na puwedeng baguhin.”

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Abigail Ollero, 29, BPO agent

“Bakit ako bumoto? Kasi right natin ‘yan bilang mamamayang Pilipino.”

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Francisco*, 20, student

“As a Filipino citizen, it is my right to pick the person na dapat mag-lead sa country natin. Having knowledge sa mga dapat na tumakbo and kung paano iyung mga plataporma nila, meron akong right na pumili kung sino dapat mamuno sa atin.”

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Kristina Redoble, 22, financial analyst

“Bumoto ako kasi sayang ‘yung vote ko to elect people who are responsible, or someone who can make our country better. Hindi lang [ito applicable] sa Philippines, but also locally kasi diba may mga [iboboto rin sa] barangay elections, [like our] mayors.”

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Rosario Gutierrez, 90

“I want to be participating in this exercise for the people [whom] I want [to] work in the government.”

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JC Lingad, 30, junior manager

“I voted because it’s my right to vote, and I wanted to exercise it. I wanted to vote for those people that are deserving to be elected, that I know will provide service to people here in the Philippines, and to serve not just their own interest but the interest of the people.”

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Delfin Navea, 80

“As a Filipino, as a citizen of the Philippines, it’s everybody's obligation to exercise your freedom of suffrage. Sublime obligation mo ‘yan to your country. To be able to choose your leaders, that's your opportunity to put in the right people that will be on top of your government. It’s that simple.”

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Abby Bonifacio, 20, student

“I think my vote matters. We need more people like the youth who are educated on corruption and plunder and all these issues revolving our country right now ... I want to exert my integrity and, hopefully, may magawa akong good para sa country natin. Because it's something that we really need right now.”

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Carlo Daria, 36, accounting associate

“Voting is my constitutional right. It’s our right to suffrage. You, as a Filipino citizen, need to ensure that everybody has equal rights. There [should be] no such thing as rich, poor, or anyone that’s going to be inadequate or illiterate. It’s [about] exercising your right as a citizen of this country. It’s one [way] that you would be able to choose your future leaders, or [people] that would be able to [make] the economy better, [make your country] richer for everyone.”

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Ernesto Regala, 68, barangay tanod

“[Bumoboto tayo] para malaman ng taumbayan na may silbi tayo. Kasi isang beses lang po ‘yan eh, kaya kailangan bumoto. I-express mo ‘yung feeling mo kung sino ang dapat iboto.”

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Maribel Butac, 45, waitress

“Para sa akin, karapatan kong bumoto at obligasyon ko ‘yun sa pamahalaan natin.”

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Mark Moreno, 29, accountant

“Bumoto ako para magkaroon naman ng pagbabago sa bayan natin, na mailuklok ‘yung mga tamang opisyal na maglilingkod sa atin.”

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Maridel Guerrero, 37, tricycle driver

“[Bumoto ako] para gumanda ‘yung [buhay] namin dito. At para [piliin] kung sino ‘yung karapat-dapat talaga.”

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Jericho Jacalne, 20

“Bumoto ako kasi ... it’s a little cliché, pero gusto ko pa na may magbago. Kasi, as we know it now, may mga nagagawa na ‘yung mga congressman natin, [kumpara] noon. Kasi ngayon, nakikita na natin ‘yung pagbabago, [kahit kaunti]. Noon kasi, parang behind-the-scenes ‘yung pagbabago, ‘di nakikita ng tao. Bumoboto ako para [magkaroon pa ng mas maraming] pagbabago.”

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*Last names withheld upon interviewee's request.