LIBERAL Party (LP) vice-presidential candidate Rep. Leni Robredo has maintained her 300,000 votes lead over Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on the first day of official canvassing of votes in Congress.
As of 6:45 p.m., Wednesday, the Camarines Sur lawmaker 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, which included overseas absentee votes tabulated by the Joint Session of the House of Representatives and the Senate sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, at the Batasang Pambansa Complex, in Quezon City.
Robredo scored a huge win in Cebu province—home to 2.7 million registered voters—with 162,509 votes. Marcos, on the other hand, settled for 92,007 votes.
Robredo was also a hit in other Visayan provinces and cities, registering dominating wins over Marcos in Guimaras (56,249), Siquijor (30,468), Camiguin (38,030), Bacolod City (119,447), Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu (63,766).
Robredo also scored huge triumphs in the Region IV provinces of Batangas and Romblon.
Robredo almost doubled her rival’s votes in Batangas with 514,608 as against Marcos’ 261,499.
In Romblon, Robredo got a whopping 61,915 votes as against Marcos’ 24,645 votes.
Likewise, Robredo pulled off a close win over Marcos in President Benigno Aquino III’s hometown of Tarlac province, 243,756 to 214,166.
Robredo also had the small island of Batanes on her side—4,566 votes as against Marcos’ 1,079.
Marcos, on the other hand, dominated the overseas absentee voting, which included that of Singapore (14,915), Malaysia (1,322), South Korea (1,721), Madrid, Spain (3,124), Lebanon (2,408), Qatar (6,119) and Bahrain (3,228), as well as the Metro Manila cities of Valenzuela (116,455), Pasay (97,776) and San Juan (26,543), Navotas (47,943) and Malabon (67,992).
Robredo, however, won in North and Latin America with 1,429 votes as against Marcos’ 809.
Marcos also gained ground in Davao del Sur with 80,303 votes and Baguio City with 76,009 votes. LLANESCA T. PANTI