Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. beat Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo in the final and unofficial tally for overseas absentee voting (OAV) that was released by a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official on Saturday.
Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon revealed via a Twitter post that Marcos garnered 176,669 votes. This number is twice that of the votes received by Robredo which is at 89,935 based in the OAV count.
The Comelec also revealed that 432,706 overseas Filipinos cast their ballots between April 9 to May 9. There are 82 Philippine diplomatic posts across the globe and a total of 1,376,067 registered voters.
The OAV votes are being followed closely amidst the neck-to-neck battle between the two vice presidential aspirants. The OAV votes could serve as swing votes in this vice presidential race.
Meanwhile, the voter turnout is at 31.4 percent. This number is considered to be a huge improvement from that of the voter turnout in 2013 midterm elections slated at only 16 percent or 118,823 voters out of the 737,759 registered voters.
"Looking at the glass as half full instead of half empty, we are very pleased to know that the turnout is already very high and very satisfactory," Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim, head of the OAV committee, told the media.
According to Lim, the level of efficiency of the postal service and "high mobility" of overseas Filipinos is the main reasons for such turnout. The target set by Comelec for voter turnout is between 50 to 60 percent. He said that Filipinos focus on looking for greener pastures and not in voting.
"They are there, 100 percent para maghanapbuhay. Yung pagboboto ay number two or number three priority lalo na kapag malayo ang pagbobotohan nila," he said.
On the other hand, the latest data from the Comelecc-GMA 7 transparency server shows that liberal party vice presidential candidate Robredo is ahead of Sen. Marcos with 216,000 votes only.
That is, as of 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Robredo got 14,016,126 while Marcos got 13,799,835 votes.