LIBERAL Party (LP) vice-presidential candidate Rep. Leni Robredo led Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on the first day of the official canvassing of votes for vice president from the May 9 elections.
As of 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, the Camarines Sur lawmaker has garnered 3,576,643 votes–295,492 votes more than Marcos’ 3,281,151.
The official count is based on 45 out of 165 Certificates of Canvass (COC), 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.
The provinces from Bicol region–Robredo’s bailiwick, she being from Naga City–boosted her bid big-time, with 380,745 votes in Albay, 132,757 in Camarines Norte, and 97,129 in Sorsogon, as against Marcos’ respective votes of 42,324 – 25,899 – 20,709.
Robredo also 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.
She was likewise a big hit in some other Visayan provinces and cities, where she registered dominating wins over Marcos in Guimaras (56,249), Siquijor (30,468), Camiguin (38,030), Bacolod City (119,447), Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu (63,766). In Oriental Mindoro, she got 141,410 votes.
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.
She took a beating, however, in most of Mindanao provinces, save for Misamis Oriental, where she netted a whopping 143,402 votes as against Marcos’ 36,912.
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), Italy (6,374) and Bahrain (3,228).
Robredo, however, won in North and Latin America with 1,429 votes as against Marcos’ 809.
Marcos also did well in the Metro Manila cities of Valenzuela (116,455), Pasay (97,776), San Juan (26,543), Navotas (47,943) and Malabon (67,992), Pasig (129,145), Taguig (86,270), Las Pinas (97,641), Mandaluyong (73.495) and Manila (394,192). He also won Rizal with 435,471 votes to Robredo’s 285,417.
In Zambales, Marcos garnered 163,760 votes as against Robredo’s 103,972.
The so-called Solid North did not disappoint Marcos. He garnered 95,927 votes in Benguet, 40,846 in Kalinga Apayao, and 76,009 in Baguio City.
In southern Philippines, Marcos gained ground in Davao del Sur with 80,303 votes and in North Cotabato with 169,177.
The canvassing of votes for Laguna, Ilocos Sur and Davao del Norte has been deferred, owing to discrepancies between the electronically transmitted and the manually transmitted COC.
The canvass will resume at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 26. LLANESCA T. PANTI