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Filipino voters rush to provinces for Election Day

Published May 12, 2013, 1:05 p.m. PHT

Last updated May 19, 2013, 3:36 p.m. PHT

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Thousands of Filipinos flocked to a public transport terminal in Quezon City, Philippines, on Saturday, May 11, to return to their provinces and practice their right to suffrage.

Jeric Pena has the details.

Thousands of Filipino travel long and far just to participate in this year's elections. (Jeric Pena/JPR Photo)

Filipino voters travel long and far just to participate in this year's elections. (Jeric Pena/JPR Photo)

The heat was intense, and the lines were very long. But thousands of Filipinos braved these just so they hop on a bus and reach their hometowns.

Filipinos who trooped to the Araneta Center Bus Station in Quezon City, on Saturday, say that they’re enduring all of these because they want to do one thing.

PASSENGER

“I’ll vote there [in Samar]. I know the candidates I’ll vote for. I’m from there.”

Many of these people will have to travel long and far just to reach their hometowns — some for up to 1,000 kilometers. They even spent the night at the terminal just to make sure that they could leave Manila as soon as possible and arrive in their provinces before Election Day.

The problem is: a lot of them did not buy tickets earlier or did not even make any reservation. They are left waiting and hoping that there would be a seat for them on the next bus that stops at the terminal.

‘CHANCE PASSENGER’

“We’re just taking chances. I think we won’t be able to ride a bus. They said the buses are fully booked until the 13th.”

While majority of them wants to vote this May 13th, some didn’t even have the elections on their minds. They are taking advantage of the holiday to spend more time with their families.

PASSENGER

“We’ll have a vacation there.”

On Saturday, Malacañang has appealed to Filipinos to go out and participate in this year’s elections.

ABIGAIL VALTE, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson

“Whatever it is, please go out and vote. And be mindful of the prohibited acts on Election Day.”

But at the end of the day, the situation here at the Araneta Center Bus Station shows how far Filipinos would go just so they could make their voices heard on who should be the next leaders of the country.

Reporting from Quezon City, Philippines, I am Jeric Pena.

Anna Katharina Peña contributed to this report.

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