Robredo leads early count

COUNT BEGINS Senate Secretary Oscar Yabes opens the ballot box containing the Certificates of Canvass and Statements of Votes from Davao del Sur, the first to be counted by the National Board of Canvassers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

COUNT BEGINS Senate Secretary Oscar Yabes opens the ballot box containing the Certificates of Canvass and Statements of Votes from Davao del Sur, the first to be counted by the National Board of Canvassers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo took an early lead over her rival, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., on the first day of official canvassing of votes in Congress, with 26 out of 165 Certificates of Canvass opened.

As of 6:45 p.m., Robredo has garnered 1,574,374 votes, 321,097 more than Marcos’ 1,253,277.

The official count is based on 26 out of 165 Certificates of Canvass (COC) that included overseas absentee votes tabulated by a joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC).

Robredo scored a huge win in Cebu province, home to 2.7 million registered voters, with 162,509 votes. Marcos, on the other hand, got 92,007 votes.

She also dominated in other Visayan provinces such as Guimaras where she got 56,249 votes, Siquijor, 30,468 votes, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, 119,447, Lapu Lapu City, Cebu, 63,766 and Camiguin, 38,030.

The Camarines Sur lawmaker also scored big in Region 4, getting 514,608 votes in Batangas against Marcos’ 261,499.

In Romblon, Robredo got 61,915 votes. Marcos garnered 24,645 votes.

She was also the favorite in Tarlac, the province of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, where she got 243,756. Marcos got 214,166.

In Batanes, Robredo got 4,566 votes against Marcos’ 1,079.

Marcos, on the other hand, dominated the overseas absentee voting in Singapore where he got 14,915 votes, Malaysia, 1,322, South Korea, 1,721, Madrid, Spain, 3,124, Lebanon, 2,408, Qatar, 6,119 and Bahrain, 3,228.

He also scored big in the Metro Manila cities of Valenzuela, 116,455, Pasay, 97,776, San Juan, 26,543, Navotas, 47,943 and Malabon, 67,992.

Marcos also gained ground in Davao del Sur with 80,303 votes and in Baguio City with 76,009 votes.

Robredo, however, won in North and Latin America with 1,429 votes. Marcos got 809 votes.

Robredo on Wednesday said she is confident of victory.

“I am not worried about anything. I am confident that the truth will prevail. It’s just a matter of time. We did everything right in the campaign, we started with a Mass…we did all that was needed in the right way,” she told reporters after hearing Mass with daughters Aika, Tricia and Jillian.

“I am always praying that the canvassing will run smoothly, just as clean as the conduct of the last elections. We want the votes protected, and we are very confident in our legal team that they will staunchly push for our cause,” Robredo said.

She noted that Marcos’ camp is sending a message that he is the winner among informal settler communities.

“There are lies being floated around, photos…videos… of vans going around informal settlers, encouraging people power, because it is they [Marcos camp] who won. This is sad because they are taking advantage of the people who are not familiar with the processes, just so they can peddle lies,” the lawmaker said.

Former congressman Didagen Dilangalen, counsel for Marcos, asked the Joint Canvassing Committee (JOC) to disclose the security markings and features of the COC after discrepancies surfaced on the first day of the official canvass.

Dilangalen said revealing the security features of the COC will help determine the authenticity of the election documents.

“How would we know if the COC is authentic or not?” he asked, noting that it is the duty of the committee to determine the due execution of the election documents as provided for under the laws.

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd, however, overruled the motion of Dilangalen, noting that none of the members of the Senate panel in the
JOC challenged the authenticity of the COC.

Pimentel, chairman of the Senate panel, also noted that of the five electronicallytransmitted COC from Davao del Sur, the first to be canvassed, four COC matched but the figures in one, or the first transmission, did not match with the rest.

He ruled that the panel would use the last four transmissions.

Camarines Sur First District Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr., a member of the panel of the House of Representatives, also questioned the basis of the ruling of the panel when it was the first electronically-transmitted COC that is different from the rest.

In view of the manifestation of Andaya, the joint panel asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to explain within 24 hours why there were discrepancies on the electronically transmitted COC from Davao del Sur.

Marcos has sought an audit of the transparency and central servers of the Comelec before the official canvass after learning that a key official from technology provider Smartmatic introduced a new script into the transparency server without informing the poll body about the change.


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  1. I hope someone will check Tarlac province. where almost a 50 – 50 votes, 80 20 is the realistic figure for BBM.

  2. as the result ended on May 26,2016 BBM is ahead by more than a miilion plus over Leni……The question now…..Where wil Leni got the votes on May 27, 2016 when the number of votes is now counple of million left to be counted by canvasser….I do not know who will end winner……You know better…….If BBM win it tells that there is a big cheating, if Leni win the counting and election is fair and honest……..Again ,,,God knows….

  3. To me, the re-canvassing of COC will not alter the results should there be cheating as claimed. I don’t know why they would not count the source document, that is the ballot. This is just re-counting or actual auditing or reviewing the actual votes.

  4. Prinze Fisher on

    It’s the right time now for the 99% disregarded Filipino people to unite against the elite 1% and opportunistic politicians who manipulates everything to protect their greed.

  5. Common Bongbong….You should have conceded long time ago. The Filipinos would have loved you for being honest and admit the majority decision of the Filipinos. The more you fish for technicality, the more you will be punished . At the end Robredo has still the best laugh.

  6. Sa mga mambabatas, maging parehas naman kau kahit minsan sa buhay nyo.. Tingnan nyo ang higit na makakabuti para sa bayan. Magiging bahagi kayo ng kasaysayan na nagbigay ng tunay na tinig ng sambayanan sa kung sino talaga ang tunay na nananlo sa nakaraang halalan. Wag kayong magbibingihan at magbulag bulagan sa mga totoong nagngyayari sa bansa, Iisa tayong lahat. PILIPINO..

  7. There are only 25 out of 165 COC counted and yet Robredo is very much eager to be proclaimed as VP, BBM should not concede ,to the ambisyosa Robredo, Charman Bautista should be included in the lawsuit, how can he not know what IT Comelec and Garcia did? He is the one in-charge.

    • Marcos is the one misleading the Filipino people and the “ambisyoso”. He lost already and keep protesting and complaining asking the comelec to make his case. He should present valid evidence to prove his case.

      He is a son of the great family of cheaters during their tyrant time cheating on poll results and also family of looters. He is already 28 y/o when his father was cheating the Filipino people and looting also.

      Cheaters die many times but winners die only once.

  8. The present congress is still full of Liberal Party mendicants whose hands used to receive dole outs from the Aquino administration. Their decision would likely favor Robredo in the counting of COCs. However, Bongbong’s representatives in the canvassing should take note of irregularities and bring them up in their case against Smartmatic and Comelec as evidences.

  9. fidel S. Pescador on

    God never sleeps nor slumber….the rotten eggs will eventually pops up and shock the whole the country….

  10. John bumosao on

    In our city called Saskatoon city in Canada, there are more than 8000permanent residents who are also filipino citizens and are eligible for absentee voting. The 1500 shy voters who participated in the absentee voting for latin and north america never represented the sentiment of the majority since we ourselves was never sent a ballot to vote. I suppose the Phil Consulate made a lazy work in mailing all those ballots. How about the bigger cities like Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton.

    • We live in the inland empire of southern CA and mostly of our buddies are dual citizens and 85% voted for Roxas & Robredo because we believe in the straight path. The economic growth and foreign investments because of stable government got rid of corrupt gov’t official. To say we know the real issue and we don’t brag that we are intelligent voters and ignorant.

    • P.s. Correction – inland empire dual citizen voters are not ignorant.

      Thanks and God bless PINAS and we will pray for you whoever wins in your elections.

  11. John bumosao on

    Latin and North america a shy 1500 votes? We live in a north american city called Saskatoon and there are over 1600 filipinos here, almost half of it are permanent residents, meaning they are still Filipino citizens eligible to vote. I was waiting for a ballot paper for me and my family members but we never got anything. And you call that number representing Filipinos in North america? How about the other cities with bigger populations?

  12. Ang gugolo ng mga pareparehong MAGNANAKAW.
    Hopefully GOOD will come out of this. Wipe out the trapoes, cheats, liars, corrupt, plunderers, & ills of society. They will be out of job. They will starve as what they had
    INFLICTED to other fellow humans. KARMA. What goes around comes.