DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte took an early lead in the partial and unofficial count of votes late Monday, securing a wide margin ahead of his closest rival, Sen. Grace Poe.
In the partial tally of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the tough-talking mayor got 11,084,850 votes as of 8:30 p.m. Poe trailed with 6,303,528 votes, while Liberal Party presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd placed third with 6,117,430 votes.
Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance got 3,755,745 votes and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago had 1,150,924 votes.
The partial results from the transparency survey covered 49 percent of the clustered precincts and do not include the votes from overseas and local absentee voting.
Duterte had hypnotized millions with his vows of brutal but quick solutions to the nation’s twin plagues of crime and poverty, which many believed had worsened despite strong economic growth in recent years.
And his big lead in pre-election surveys appeared to be carried into Election Day, based on early and unofficial tallies carried by national media.
Duterte, 71, surged from outsider to the top of surveys with cuss-filled vows to kill tens of thousands of criminals, threats to establish one-man rule if lawmakers disobeyed him and promises to embrace communist rebels.
He also boasted repeatedly about his Viagra-fuelled affairs, while promising voters his mistresses would not cost a lot because he kept them in cheap boarding houses and took them to short-stay hotels for sex.
Duterte caused further disgust in international diplomatic circles with a joke that he wanted to rape a “beautiful” Australian missionary who was killed in a 1989 Philippine prison riot, and by calling the pope a “son of a whore.”
In his final rally on Saturday, Duterte repeated to tens of thousands of cheering fans his plans to end crime within six months of starting his presidency.
“Forget the laws on human rights,” he said. “If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings, you better go out. Because as the President, I’d kill you.”
Duterte also led the exit polls conducted nationwide by the Manila Broadcasting Company on Monday.
Of the 32,757 respondents, the mayor got 41.9 percent.
He was followed by Poe with 20.1 percent and Roxas, who got 19.8 percent.
Binay landed in fourth place with 12.8 percent while Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago was last, getting five percent.
Proclamation in one week
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) expressed confidence that winning candidates for national positions will be proclaimed in a week.
Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista made the prediction shortly after he convened the poll body as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC).
Bautista said the proclamation will depend on how fast the election results will be transmitted.
“The Comelec has the ministerial task of counting the votes right. We can declare the [winning]senators [depending]on how fast we get the results. I think one week is a good target but we will try to outperform,” he added.
The presidential tally, Bautista said, will depend on the speed of transmission and the difference in the numbers between the frontrunner and the second leading bet.
“It depends on how quick the transmissions are going to be. It also depends on the difference of the candidates if there is a wide difference. It’s like watching basketball if during the last two minutes one is leading by 20 points [certainly that team is the winner], but if during the last two minutes the difference is only five [points]there’s still a possibility,” the poll chief explained.
Bautista, however, pointed out that more than the need for a speedy count, the poll body is more concerned about getting an accurate count.
“It’s not just speed, accuracy is also important,” he said.
Bautista noted than an assessment of this year’s elections showed that the Comelec has surpassed its performance in the 2010 and 2013 balloting.
He cited a statistical comparison made by technology provider Smartmatic Corp., which showed that there were fewer machines that malfunctioned and fewer complaints in Monday’s polls.
On machine replacements, only 150 of the 92,509 Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) were replaced, compared to the 205 machines replaced in 2010 out of 76,347 and 171 of the 77,829 machines in 2013.
“You will see that the replacement rate this year is lower than those of 2010 and 2013,” Bautista said.
He added that the same is also true with the number of complaints received by the National Technical Support Center.
Reports showed that in 2010, there were 1,966 calls out 76,347 machines that translates to a call ratio of 2.57 percent, 4,760 out of 77,829 machines in 2013 or a high 6.11 percent call ratio, but only 2,363 calls, as of 4 p.m. in 2016 for 92,509 machines or 2.55 percent.