After Camarines Sur representative Leni Robredo was leading the vice presidential race yesterday, it seems that Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is catching up with the Liberal Party standard bearer on the second day of House canvassing.
From 45 certificates of canvass (COC), or 10,208,514 votes counted on Wednesday, Robredo was ahead by 295,492 votes over her closest rival Bongbong Marcos, who got 3,281,151. Marcos was followed by Sen. Francis Escudero with 1,491,267, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with 1,457,495, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV with 205,952, and Sen. Gringo Honasan with 196,006.
A total of 117 COCs have yet to be opened, while opening COCs from Laguna, Ilocos Sur, and Davao del Norte was put on hold.
The canvassing of votes can take as short as two days if there are no issues. However, the camp of vice presidential hopeful Bongbong Marcos earlier raised issues concerning “secret markings” in the COC from Davao del Sur. The senator’s camp, based on a document they obtained, also questioned the figures during the canvassing of votes from Cebu City due to alleged discrepancy in the (COC).
To counter Marcos’ point, Senator-elect Leila de Lima, counsel for Robredo, said that the document presented by the Marcos camp was not official.
"The document being presented by the counsel for candidate Marcos is not exactly the certificate of canvass. It's the canvass report," de Lima told the joint canvassing committee sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) for president and vice president.