Rodrigo Duterte has been claimed by many as the 16th president of the Republic of the Philippines due to his huge lead in the partial and unofficial tally by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV); however, the people are not willing to trust the same tally for the vice presidential (VP) race.
The PPCRV reflects a neck-to-neck race between Representative Leni Robredo and Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. The latest results show that Robredo is leading by over 200,000 votes as of 5:42 p.m. Wednesday, May 11.
The growth in Robredo’s votes began hours after the count began late Monday, May 9. Robredo was able to overtake Marcos’ votes which was at more than 1 million already on Monday evening.
This became a ground for the Marcos camp to raise their suspicion of poll cheating. This is not only by Marcos and his camp but also by those who are his supporters or those who do not simply want a Robredo to take the vice presidential seat.
However, political analyst and University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman professor Jan Robert Go shed some light with regard to this suspicion.
"If you have one system and you trust the presidential results, its curious why you would not be trusting the vice presidential results," said Go, also a professor at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman.
Aside from these unverified results coming from the same people, Go also said that there are have been no verified claims of discrepancies between voters' receipts and ballots cast.
"When you put in the ballot, it (vote counting machine) reads the same ballot. The same machine receives the ballot ... And we have not heard of any complaints about the manifest in the receipts," said Go.
"It's curious that they are raising doubts at this point in time because one candidate has gone over the other," he said.
The professor also pointed out the trend where candidates do not tend to question the results when it’s in their favour, but when it's the opposite, they say that the credibility of the electoral system has been compromised.
"When they feel that they are on the under side of the coin, they feel like there's something wrong that is happening. They try to question every step of the way like the glitch that has happened in PPCRV and the supposed changes in the value of Sen. (Francis) Ecudero's vote," said Go.
Despite all these issues surfacing related to the vice presidential results, Go advised every one – candidates or not – to wait for the official canvassing of votes, which begins on May 25. During this time, the Congress will convene as the National Board of Canvassers in a joint session.
"It's too early to say who will be the next vice president. The call for vigilance is valid for both camps and, of course, acceptance that — whoever wins the decision — we must accept the decision of the people," Go claimed.
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