After three days and with the collective effort of the Congress and the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), we now have the official victors in the presidential and vice presidential race in the recently concluded May 9 polls.
The joint canvassing of the Congress and NBOC started on Wednesday (May 25) at 2 p.m. and ended at 7:30 p.m. on Friday (May 27), the fastest canvass in Philippine history.
"I’ve been told this is the fastest," Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, co-chairperson of the joint canvassing panel. Pimentel also mentioned that canvassing went smoothly because the candidates’ lawyers were all cooperative.
"We could not have done it by ourselves," Pimentel said. "The lawyers were all cooperative. So I also give credit to the candidates for having chosen very responsible lawyers to represent them."
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo garnered the most number of votes in the presidential and vice presidential races, respectively.
Duterte was the clear-cut winner in the presidential race by obtaining 16,601,997 votes. Administration bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II notched the second spot with 9,978,175 votes, followed by Senator Grace Poe (9,100,991 votes), Vice President Jejomar Binay (5,416,140 votes), Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago (1,455,532 votes), and the late ambassador Roy Señeres (27,779 votes).
In the tight vice presidential race, Robredo inched Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. with a slim margin of 263,473 votes. On the second day of canvassing, Sen. Marcos was leading Robredo, but on the third and final day of the canvassing, Robredo was able to overtake Marcos.
In the final count, Robredo tallied 14,418,817 votes, while Marcos had 14,155,344.
Proclamation of the winning president and vice president will commence on Monday, May 30.