- The poll body has announced that it had completed the tallying of overseas absentee votes
- Duterte and Marcos won the majority of the OAVs with 313,346 and 176,669 votes respectively
- Commissioner Guanzon said the votes will still be subjected to an audit
MANILA, Philippines – Amid the tight race between Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Sen. Bongbong Marcos for the vice presidency, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced its completion of the tallying of overseas absentee votes (OAVs) over the weekend.
“The COCs (certificates of canvass) have been presented to the parties present, legal counsels, authorized representatives. ‘Yan po ay nasuri nila, natingnan nila, kadalasan ay kinukunan pa nila ng picture at maayos po ang pagka-tally [Those were checked, they saw, they took pictures and the tallying was done without incident],” Commissioner Arthur Lim told the Philippine Star.
“Lahat po ng 58 na certificates of canvass mula sa 82 posts worldwide ng overseas voting ay nandirito na po, [All the 58 certificates of canvass from the 82 posts of the overseas voting are here],” he added.
Lim also expressed confidence the official canvassing report for the OAVs would be out as early as Monday.
“I think by Monday at the latest you will have the formal canvassing report for the overseas vote,” he said.
On her Twitter account, Commissioner Rowena Guanzon released a picture of the results from the OAVs showing Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Bongbong Marcos as the winners.
From the overall 432,706 OAVs, Duterte was able to garner 313,346 votes.
Marcos, on the other hand, had 176,669 votes to Robredo’s 89,935; with a difference of 86,734 votes.
Despite sharing a sneak peek of the results, Guanzon said the OAVs would still be subjected to an audit.