- Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo, who ran under the Liberal Party (LP), is set to become the next Vice President of the Philippines
- Robredo got 14,418,817 votes, beating her nearest rival Senator Bongbong Marcos by 263,473 votes
- She said she is grateful for the support she has received while promising to give her “100 percent” support to incoming President Rodrigo Duterte
After a nail-biting canvassing by Congress for the election results of the two highest positions in the land, Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo who ran under the Liberal Party (LP) is set to become the next Vice President of the Philippines.
With all certificates of canvass (COCs) accounted for by the Senate and House of Representative convening as the National Board of Canvassers, Robredo got 14,418,817 votes, beating her nearest rival Senator Bongbong Marcos by 263,473 votes.
Robredo, who was in her hometown of Naga City at the announcement of the results, said she was grateful for the support she has received while promising to give her “100 percent” support to incoming President Rodrigo Duterte.
“It is my obligation as a Filipino to give my 100 percent support to [Duterte]. I know the elections became vicious, I didn’t pressure those who did not like me, but I hope time will come when I’ll be given the chance for them to know me. Because if they’ll know me, their negative perceptions will be dispelled,” she told PhilStar.
Both incoming president and vice president will come from different parties.
Meanwhile, Robredo pointed out that the consistency in the official tally for the vice presidential race with the unofficial count shown by the transparency and central servers of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) disprove allegations of electoral discrepancies as previously asserted by the Marcos camp.
“Eksakto doon sa pagbilang ng COMELEC, eksakto rin ito sa Kongreso. Yung mga discrepancies, na-address siya. May explanation lahat, talagang yung inaasahan naming lamang, yun ang naging final. [The count made by COMELEC tallied with the count made by Congress. The discrepancies were addressed. Everything had an explanation and that the lead we were expecting was also the one that was final],” she explained to GMA News.
Robredo, however, lamented what she calls “mind-conditioning” made by the Marcos camp. Nonetheless, she feels “relieved” that the results all tallied up.
“Kaya grabe ‘yung relief na nangyari sa amin ngayon na tapos na ‘yung canvassing. Pinakita na kung ano ‘yung lumabas sa Kongreso, parehong-pareho ‘yung nasa website ng COMELEC, pareho sa COCs na hawak ng kampo namin, pareho rin sa COCs na hawak ni Sen. Marcos. Parang pinasinungalingan ‘yung allegations, kasi doon sa Kongreso nag-match naman ‘yun sa records namin at records nila. [So it was such a relief what happened to us now that the canvassing is over. It was shown that what came out in Congress, is exactly the same as the one in the COMELEC website, same with the COCs our camp has, also same with the COCs held by Sen. Marcos. It’s like we belied all the allegations, because those in Congress matched with our records and their records],” she said.
With all votes accounted for, Congress is set to officially proclaim Duterte and Robredo as president-elect and vice president-elect, respectively, as early as May 30.