Torres: People’s voices heard in elections


Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said that every election is one of the many chances where the voice of people is heard, where the chance of selecting their leaders are solely in their hands.

“It is Election Day, always nerve-wracking…In this election, the people decide who would lead them in the next four years and two years for members of Congress,” Torres said during a break yesterday while visiting supporters across the Chacha Oceanview Middle School gate. “When people exercise their right to vote, no one can control that but every individual who walks in to vote.”

Torres is seeking a full four-year term after serving as the running mate of former governor Eloy S. Inos in the 2014 elections against three other opponents. He has Senate President Arnold I. Palacios (R-Saipan) as his running mate.

“I was humbled to be given the chance to serve the last four years, with the late governor Inos. And hopefully, we could continue it,” added Torres.

He said a lot of accusations had been thrown during the campaign, with his family also being implicated. “We have been going around the same circle. I’ve been accused of corruption and accused of going to be indicted for wrongdoing.”

“They accused my brothers all kinds. Even my family and my wife. It is another form of intimidation and comment. Why don’t they show any proof? Stop making accusations and start proving your claims. Show proof and stop talking.”

Torres voted last Nov. 8, Thursday, as part of the early voting.

Palacios voted last Saturday with some members of his family while their opponents, former governor Juan N. Babauta and Dr. Rita A. Sablan cast their votes yesterday.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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