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2nd Day Partial Official Canvass Reveals 83,480 Votes Marcos Lead over Robredo

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Of the 113 COCs counted by the Canvassing Board out of the total 165 COCs, it was revealed that Marcos leads by 83,480 Votes over Robredo at the end of May 26, 2016 session. This does not include the suspended COCs from Iloilo, Antique, Canada, and Kuwait while the panels are still settling disputes.

Marcos had garnered 13,214,810 votes while rival Leni Robredo had 13,131,330 votes. The lead could have been as much as over 2 million votes when Ilocus Sur and Norte were counted which are Marcos’ bailiwicks, showing the solid north faction.

However, Leni’s votes were seen to be strong also in Camarines Sur, Eastern Samar, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Samar, and Agusan del Sur thus narrowing down Marcos’ substantial lead.

Reference: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/787765/2nd-day-of-canvass-bongbong-leads-leni

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Ilocos Sur COC, Marcos’ bailiwick was deferred – that’s why Robredo is leading after tallying 45 COCs

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Vice presidential candidate of the Liberal Party, Leni Robredo was leading the V.P. race against Senator Bongbong Marcos during the early hours of May 25, 2016 during the the official congressional canvass. 45 of the 165 COCs were tallied where Robredo garnered 3,399,828 votes against Marcos’ 3,148,312. 250,000 votes was the recorde margin
but without the COC from Ilocos Sur, Marcos’ bailiwick.

The Ilocos Sur COC was deferred after objections the lawyers of both candidates and the canvassing panel objected on the said COC

The unofficial tally by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting showed that Marcos was leading for at least 1 million votes during the initial partial counts – which is the opposite of the official canvass partial results.

Reference: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/05/26/1587115/leni-takes-early-lead-canvassing

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Marcos’ Camp: Own count of 100 COC copies Show their 100,000 Lead over Robredo

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The official canvassing of votes may not be started as scheduled today May 25, 2016 due to the discrete formulation of rules, the unofficial tally already brought Liberal Party bet Leni Robredo into the pedestal although Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr strongly contested this – and will not concede easily without due process.

The official canvass should show Marcos as the winning Vice President if manipulation of votes did not reach there since own count of at least 100 local certificates of canvass (COC) clearly showed the 100,000 votes ahead of the Liberal Party’s bet, Leni Robredo. Candidates vying for the position received copies of said COCs.

There’s no way as of now that any one of this two will concede.Only Congress’ official canvass can provide clearance into this turmoil – if the selected board of canvassers will be fair and square given that Liberal’s Senator Drillon is one of the strongest driving force.

Reference: http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections/2016/134034-congress-canvass-vice-president-robredo-marcos

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Setting Up Rules might Delay Canvass as Senate Convenes Today – May 24, 2016

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Rep. Neptali Gonzales, the majority floor leader expressed his doubt as reported by CNN that the canvassing can begin promptly on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 as scheduled. This is because – finalizing the canvassing rules can take more time as anticipated considering the Vice Presidential disputes.

Armored combat vehicles escorded the military’s large vehicles transferring ballot boxes securing the certificates of canvass and election returns for both the presidential and vice presidential races to the canvassing venue – which is the House of Representatives in the early hours of May 24, 2016.

Visibility of Government forces were obvious in the site securing the House of Representatives or HoR. The legislative security personnel were the only ones authorized to move the ballot boxes into the venue. Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. will be the ones opening ballot boxes – and no one else as per protocol.

Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate convened as the National Board of Canvassers and start setting down the rules for canvassing the votes. Members of the board of canvassers will also be disclosed. The 1987 Constitution mandated that the country’s new president and the vice president will be proclaimed in the Congress’ joint session – but in the present case, it’s either that the proclamations for both will be delayed or the Presumptive President will be proclaimed first. However this still remains to be seen as Senator Bongbong Marcos requested audit first – before proclamation but Leni Robredo’s camp pushed for the other way around.

Source: http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/05/24/Congress-convene-to-canvass-presidential-vice-presidential-votes.html

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Drillon & Belmonte: to call joint public session on May 24 for formation of canvassing committee

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
CONGRESS is scheduled to convene on May 24,2016 as the NBOC or the National Board of Canvassers for the canvassing of the votes for the presidential and vice presidential candidates last May 9 national elections.

Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. will be the ones adopting concurrent resolution for them to call the joint public session on May 24.

These two branches will then adopt the rules for canvassing and create the Senate and House panels forming the joint canvassing committee, that will be conducting the actual canvassing of votes under close watch.Canvassing of votes should start the next day, on May 25, 2016 – taking place in Quezon City at the House of Representatives building.

Reference: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2016/05/21/congress-convene-nboc-may-24-474866