Marcos leads VP race with ‘Solid North’ votes 

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SEN. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. led Thursday his rival, Rep. Leni Robredo, by more than 200,000 votes—mostly coming from northern Luzon—in the official canvassing for the vice-presidential race in the May 9 elections.

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As of 7 p.m., May 25, Marcos earned 7,854,244 votes—255,254 more than Robredo’s 7,598,990 votes.

The “Solid North” provinces and the rest of Luzon continued to deliver for Marcos, who hails from Ilocos Norte, during the second day of the official tallying of votes by the National Board of Canvassers.

He led the Camarines Sur lawmaker by over 300,000 votes in Ilocos Sur, which gave him 316,121 votes. He also posted huge victories in Bataan with 184,670 votes, Cavite (556,785), Bulacan (556,480), Ifugao (35,256), Laguna (441,154), Quirino (49,158), Marikina City (69,530), Kalinga (64,023), Mountain Province (34,286), Quezon City (412,681) and Pampanga (434,235), even when Robredo had the support of Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda.

Mindanao was just as solid for Marcos. He bagged the win in Zamboanga del Sur with 145,455 votes, Davao del Norte (130,796), Davao Occidental (41,194), South Cotabato (191,461) and Davao City (122,620)—the hometown of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

Marcos also sustained his lead in overseas absentee voting. He won in Japan with 5,212 votes, Saudi Arabia (19,645), the United Arab Emirates (25,319), and London (3,358).

On the distaff side, Robredo got a resounding win in the central Philippine province of Capiz—hometown of her running mate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II—with 253,290 votes or 200,000-plus more than Marcos’ 43,684.

Robredo’s Capiz win was echoed in nearby Bohol, where she got a whopping 276,486 votes over Marcos’ 80,593.

She likewise dominated Aklan with 148,280 votes and Occidental Mindoro with 79,411 votes.

The Bicol provinces again provided a huge lift for Robredo.

She beat Marcos by more than 100,000 votes in Masbate with 169,297 votes as against Marcos’ 47,220, and also defeated him big-time in Catanduanes, where she got 72,964 votes over Marcos’ measly 12,894.

The Mindanao provinces also showed love for Robredo.

She won Misamis Oriental over Marcos with 102,911 votes or over 40,000 more than his, and also emerged the winner in Agusan del Norte, 116,063 to 82,696.

Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte also rallied behind Robredo by delivering 88,503 and 89,688 votes, respectively, while Tawi-Tawi contributed 42,252 votes for a Robredo win there.

Compostela Valley, for its part, pitched in 86,941 votes for Robredo as against 66,187 votes for Marcos.

Last but not least, Robredo registered a narrow victory over Marcos in Zamboanga City, 73,730 to 67,522. LLANESCA T. PANTI

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