CONGRESS has proclaimed Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo as the duly elected President and Vice President of the Philippines after a three-day canvassing of votes—the fastest in Congress history.
This develops as a joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate endorsed the official canvass of the ballots.
The 71-year-old Duterte, who refused to attend the proclamation, thrashed his rivals with 16,601,997 votes, 5 million more than second-placer and administration standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.
The 51-year-old Robredo, on the other hand, pulled off a nailbiting win over Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. with 14,418,817 votes or 263,473 more than the latter’s to clinch the vice presidency. LLANESCA T. PANTI