Ferdinand Alexander “Sandro” Marcos, who is a first-time voter, accidentally shaded two circles for his president, making his vote invalid.
The 21-year-old son of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s 21-year-old was accompanied by his mother Liza and aunt Aimee when he cast his vote at the Calayab Elementary School Monday morning at 7:30 a.m.
According to one of the BEIs, the senator’s son accidentally shaded two circles for president. However, this doesn’t mean that the entire ballot will be invalidated. Only the president position will not be considered valid.
Reports said that while Sandro was in the middle of filling out the ballot, he stood up and approached one of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) for a new one. In a video by INQUIRER.net, it can be seen that a BEI was talking to Marcos.
“Hindi po namin yun pwede i-cancel (We cannot cancel that one)…Ituloy mo na lang sir (Just continute with it, sir). Kung kasalanan namin papalitan namin, pero kung kayo po hindi (If it’s our fault, we can replace it, but if it’s yours, we cannot replace it,” the BEI told Marcos.
Sandro, on the other hand, denied the reports and instead said that he was just being careful especially because it is his first time to practice his right to suffrage.
“I was just a little bit nervous. It was my first time voting so I just wanted to make sure I got everything right,” he explained.
The younger Marcos further explained that he inadvertently folded his ballot that’s why he approached one of the BEIs.
“I thought folding it would invalidate it but apparently It wouldn’t so I was fine. I was nervous. I didn’t wanna mess up,” he said.
Sandro was glad he did was able to vote. “I’m glad I was able to come home to be able to exercise my right,” he said