Presidential forerunner and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte and vice-president aspirant Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. bumped off their rivals based on the partial and unofficial results from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as of 6:55 pm on Wednesday, May 11.
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Commissioner Rowena Guanzon from the Committee on Local Absentee Voting (LAV), Mayor Duterte acquired 10,283 votes trailed by Vice President and UNA standard bearer Jejomar Binay having 4,375 votes. Ranking below them are Senator Grace Poe who got a total of 1,628, administration bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas III with 1,419 and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago with 1,253 votes. The late ambassador Roy Seneras received 2 votes.
In the vice presidential race, Senator Bongbong Marcos leads with 11,638 votes whilst Liberal Party and Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo got 2,341 votes. Following the two are Senator Alan Peter Cayetano who got 2,134 votes, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV with 1,588 votes, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero having 944 votes, and Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II who acquired 314 votes.
The COMELEC has approved 24,497 of 28,020 applications for the local absentee voting for the May 9 national elections.
Pursuant to COMELEC Resolution No. 10003, those who are allowed to participate in the local absentee voting are the following: government officials and employees, members of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and members of the media who will not be able to cast their vote on election day due to the performance of their functions.
The numbers are still unofficial as they are yet to be canvassed.
The local absentee voting period was from April 27 to 29.
Meanwhile, presumptive President Duterte, who is repeatedly slammed for his foul words and statements, promises to control his mouth once he officially becomes president in June.
“I need to control my mouth. I cannot be bastos because I am representing our country,” Mayor Duterte said in the television program of Pastor Apollo Quilboloy.
"Grant me this little [time], to banter with you Filipinos. Pero 'pag presidente na ako, hindi ko gawin 'yan syempre, behaved talaga. Ang problema 'yung barong," he said.