Just as Leni Robredo predicted her victory, the last man standing in the race for the second highest position of the land is a woman.
After running neck and neck with Marcos in the Philippine vice-presidential race, she won with a lead of 263,473 based on the final tally of votes by Congress sitting as the National Board of Canvassers.
Rodrigo Duterte, now all but proclaimed as the president-elect, had a lead of 6,623,822 over his closest rival, Mar Roxas. Grace Poe was in third place, followed by Jejomar Binay, Miriam Defensor Santiago, and Roy Seneres.
The final, official tally of votes for President, based on all 167 certificates of canvass (COCs), is: Duterte – 16,601,997; Roxas – 9,978,175; Poe – 9,100,991; Binay – 5,416,140; Defensor Santiago – 1,455,532 and Seneres 25,779.
Robredo, Camarines Sur Representative, won the vice presidential race with 14,418,817 votes – 263,473 votes more than Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s 14,155,344.
With the stirring win, the congresswoman completed her rags-to-riches story of starting at 1% in the surveys before slowly but steadily rising to the vice presidency despite running against more seasoned politicians such as Marcos, Sen. Alan Cayetano, Sen. Francis Escudero, Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th and Sen. Gregorio Honasan.
The final, official tally of votes for Vice-President, based on all 167 COCs, is: Robredo – 14,418,817; Marcos – 14,155,344; Cayetano – 5,903,379; Escudero – 4,931,962; Trillanes – 868,501 and Honasan – 788,881
Congress sitting as the National Board of Canvassers will now submit its committee report to the plenary of the joint public session.
The joint session, scheduled to reconvene next week, is expected to approve the committee report and issue the resolution of proclamation.
Only then will Duterte and Robredo officially get the titles of President-elect and Vice-President-elect until they assume office on the noon of June 30, along with all other winners of the May 2016 elections.
Marcos threatens legal action
Marcos has threatened legal action to reverse his narrow defeat in recent Philippine elections.
He said he was potentially deprived of nearly four million votes through cheating and malfunctioning vote-counting machines, and was not ruling out an election protest.
“The search for Senator Marcos’s missing votes did not end with the canvassing,” his lawyer George Garcia said.
His legal team is gathering evidence in support of the planned appeal, the lawyer added.
“I think this election was arguably the best and probably last chance for the Marcoses to wrest back control of Malacanang (presidential palace),” Manila-based analyst Richard Javad Heydarian said.