NEW YORK — Big wins for Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and social activist attorney Leni Robredo in the Northeast Coast Philippine Presidential contest.
After 12 hours non-stop generating election returns from 27 polling precinct vote counting machines, partial and unofficial results show Duterte is leading with 4,971 votes.
Administration candidate Mar Roxas places second with 3,125 votes. Grace Poe with 991 votes. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, 764 votes. Jejomar Binay, 221 votes.
Duterte’s local supporters kept a close eye on Philippine election proceedings, including Margaret Banzon-Torejos whose birthday video for Duterte went viral on social media.
“Subrang subrang subrang abot langit ang saya ko,” she said.
In the Vice Presidential race, Robredo picked up the most votes from Northeast Coast Filipinos with 4,417 votes.
Followed by Alan Peter Cayetano with 2,594 — closely followed by Bong Bong Marcos with 2,205 votes. Chaz Escudero, 634 votes. Antonio Trillanes, 115. Gringo Honasan, 78.
Duterte supporters say they welcome Poe and the other candidate’s who conceded when the time came.
Duterte supporter Ernesto Pamolarco said, “Dapat talaga ganun eh, Nagkaroon ng political maturity sa ating bansa, at natutuwa ako na si Grace Poe ay unang-una siyang nagconcede.”
Duterte poll watcher, Florian “Pong” Alerta says while the conduct of the OAV elections in the NorthEast Coast was generally peaceful and smooth, he says OAV ballots should have been sent out much earlier to give voters more time to fill out and send the ballots back.
“I think that’s the best thing to do, the earlier the better and then also the staff,” Alerta said, “I could not blame them, understaff talaga sila, and they have work to be done.”
The last batch of the more than 26,000 OAV ballots were not sent out until April 25, less than 2 weeks before election day.
“Medyo nagahol din kami sa oras, dahil malalaki ang registration numbers namin, just to put them in packets and mailing them took some time,” Consul General Mario Del Leon said, “First time natin ginawa ang automated elections system, at the same time, yung sa pagmail nga ballot, this is the first time The Foreign Service posts are the ones who mailed it noh, may learning curve, lessons learned.”
Election returns together with their corresponding SD cards were personally delivered to the Special Board of Canvassers in Washington, DC today.
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