Malacanañg: Just wait for official count in VP race

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OVERSEAS VOTES Workers check ballot boxes containing the votes of Filipinos in 26 countries. The certificates of canvass for the presidential and vice presidential candidates will be officially counted by Congress when it convenes as the National Board of canvassers on May 25. PHOTO BY RENE DILAN

OVERSEAS VOTES Workers check ballot boxes containing the votes of Filipinos in 26 countries. The certificates of canvass for the presidential and vice presidential candidates will be officially counted by Congress when it convenes as the National Board of canvassers on May 25. PHOTO BY RENE DILAN

THE camp of Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo had declared victory but Malacañang said it will not recognize any winner of the vice presidential race in the May 9 elections pending the official vote count.

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Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Monday said the Palace will wait for the official proclamation of the winners.

“We understand Rep. Robredo’s assertion pertaining to the results of the election, as well as Sen. [Ferdinand] Marcos’ [Jr.] reservations on the unofficial poll count,” Coloma told reporters.

Marcos is the Camarines Sur lawmaker’s chief rival for the second-highest post in the land.

“We also note that Congress will soon convene as the National Board of Canvassers.

Perhaps it is best to await the official announcement by Congress as NBOC on the matter,” he said.

On Sunday, Robredo said it is “mathematically impossible” for Marcos to win the vice presidency and catch up with her lead.

“It”s irreversible. We have won,” the congresswoman told supporters.

Robredo’s camp said that even if all 168,988 registered voters from the nine remaining municipalities that had not transmitted their certificates of canvass would go to the senator, Robredo will still emerge victorious because she had a lead of 257,567 votes as of Sunday afternoon.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th also on Monday said the vice presidential race should be left to the NBOC because the unofficial count is too close to call.

Trillanes, who already accepted defeat in his bid for Vice President, noted that it is only the NBOC that can determine who won the vice presidential contest.

“Of course, both parties can claim they have won or one would claim cheating, that is why we don’t want to get involved because it’s too close to call,” the senator said.

Congress is expected to convene as the NBOC on May 25 and tally the votes for President and Vice President.

The camp of Robredo, however, said the lawmaker will inhibit herself from sitting as a member of the Board of Canvassers.

Georgina Hernandez, spokesman for Robredo, said the latter will attend the canvassing of votes at the House of Representatives on May 23 but she will not take part in the proceedings.

Robredo represents the Third District of Camarines Sur at the House of Representatives.
Her camp, however, is confident that the lawmaker will maintain her lead after the official canvassing of votes.

“We are confident of the process and the institutions like Congress, which will be canvassing the votes next week. We trust that they will be transparent in the counting of votes,” Hernandez said.

“If there is serious request for such [recount], then they should do it before a proper forum. They should be responsible in making calls. But we would say transparency is very evident right now. What transparency are we still looking for here?” she added.

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  1. …”MATHEMATICALLY IMPOSSIBLE”…their group based their win in their projections ans assumptions (unofficial tally)?? ok lang sana kung milyon milyon ang lamang gaya ni DU30… but anyway, just wait for the OFFICIAL COMELEC COUNT…

  2. Just wait, hindi pa tapos ang hocus PCOS ni N0ytard para manalo si Leni ROBBERdo.

  3. Leni is a day dreamer and power hunger… You declared yourself as a winner, and your smartmatic MAGIC is on your side, with the instrucion from your boss to switch the present program of Pcos machine in your favor.. We are not dumb LENI, you are the cheater and evil.. if you want a fair game, we will recount by manual all ballots even if it takes time.. We Filipino people want to know the truth thru manual counting..
    Feed your beautiful mind leni.. babae ka pa namn, pero sinungaling ka…

  4. Bongbong Marcos should be active and make a lot of noise; otherwise, it will be too late and he will definitely lose the vice-presidency.

    People couldn’t believe that Leni Robredo would get more votes than Marcos and Chiz Escudero when many people even do not know her.

    • Maharlikang Pilipino on

      Oo nga i am also wondering where the hell that Mam Leni derived her votes, where did she get her vote anyway? i pity her, she has good background only to be polluted with this kind of shenanigans, kung buhay lang si Pareng Jesse Robredo, I believe mamamagitan siya at sasabihin, enough is enough, lets give the win to the deserving candidate….Haaay this is life waaaaaaaaaaah!