As the senators, congressmen, and congresswomen formulate the rules on how the canvassing of votes for president and vice president would happen, they clarified that early proclamation for presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte is not going to happen.
Neptali Gonzales II, House Majority Leader, said that the lawmakers cannot proclaim Davao City Mayor Duterte as president prior to that of the winning vice presidential candidate.
“That is because the basis for declaring the presidential and vice presidential winners is the same document that we will canvass, which is the certificate of canvass (COC) of votes,” he said, as vice presidential candidate and Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. desires to promptly declare the mayor as president-elect.
“A partial proclamation cannot happen. It has not happened in the past,” he said, recalling the 2010 canvassing process which disallowed present President Benigno Aquino’s early proclamation.
“We have to finish the canvass first. We will do the canvassing as fast as we can,” he promised without determining a specific timeline for the completion of the count.
He countered that their obligation is to finish the counting and know the winners before June 30.
The session was opened at 4:00 p.m. by incumbent Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.
Earlier, Marcos congratulated presumptive President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte as he is the clear and uncontested winner in the race for presidency and ‘humbly but firmly reiterate his strong reservations’ regarding the canvassing of the vice presidential counting result.
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Senator Marcos delivered a privilege speech during the resumption of the Senate session, Monday, in which he, again, voiced out his doubts on the alteration by Marlon Garcia, a Smartmatic executive, in the script of the transparence server of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPRCV).
“However, I humbly but firmly reiterate my strong reservations [about] the canvassing of the results of the vice presidential election, on the basis of irregularities on the two fronts I mentioned,” Senator Marcos said.