Senate President Franklin Drilon tells reporters on Sunday, May 29, that under votes are natural as news of an election protest from the camp of vice presidential bet Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. continues to circulate.
“Iyong under voting natural po iyan. Ibig sabihin iyong bumoto sa presidente, hindi bumoto sa bise presidente kaya lumalabas na undervote. Ganoon din kung hindi ka bumoto sa senador,” says the senator. (Under voting is natural. It means that those who voted for president may not have voted for a vice president, resulting in undervotes. It's the same when you don't vote for senators.)
The senator also said, “Sa mga abugado ni Sen. Bongbong sinabi na pareho naman ang cert of canvass na hawak nila, hawak ng canvassing committee, hawak ng mga partido kaya wala masyadong tanong.” (Senator Bongbong Marcos' lawyers have the same certificate of canvass to those of the canvassing committee and the political parties so not a lot of questions were asked.)
The canvassing had been the quickest in recent history, ending on Friday night, after only three days of continuous canvassing with Duterte winning by a landslide with 16,601,997 votes and Robredo with 14,418,817 votes, narrowly beating her rival Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. by 263,473 votes.
Senator Koko Pimentel had also expressed the same sentiments earlier saying that if any of the candidates plans to file an election protest, she or he would have to gather all the information about under-votes to justify an election protest based on the issue.
On the subject of filing an election protest as speculated from Marcos’ lawyers repeated manifestations of over three million unaccounted for or missing votes, Drilon clarified that everyone was given equal chance to question the validity of COCs.
“Lahat naman napagbigyan ng pagkakataon para kwestiyunin ang COC ngunit tatlong araw tuloy-tuloy from 2pm to 10pm maayos naman po,” the senate president concluded.