Mariel Rodriguez insists she did not break rules, says DU30 is not Duterte's name
She also came to the defense of her husband, Robin Padilla.
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(SPOT.ph) TV host Mariel Rodriguez came under fire yesterday, May 9, when she wore a shirt endorsing Rodrigo Duterte while casting her vote. (The post has since been deleted.)
In an Instagram post (above), she insisted that she did not violate any of COMELEC's rules because her photo wasn't taken inside the precinct and that "no one" saw her ballot. "I'm aware that you are not allowed to wear a shirt that states the name of your candidate or his/her face. DU30 is not his name," she explained.
In a separate post (above), Mariel also came to the defense of her husband, Robin Padilla. The latter was also accused of violating COMELEC rules when he posted a photo of his shaded ballot, which he later deleted. Mariel said that his photo was a sample ballot, saying, "If anyone can prove that Robin Padilla went to a precinct, voted, and took photos of his ballot, I will help you convict him."
Meanwhile, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla were also criticized after they were photographed with their election ballots. However, COMELEC Commissioner Rowena Guanzon maintained that they did not violate rules because their ballots weren't shaded. "Apparently media 'yon [kumuha ng photos], kasalanan [ng media] 'yon." she said.
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