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MAY 15 -Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
THE camp of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Saturday vowed to exhaust all legal actions possible to expose to the Filipino people the orchestrated attempt of the Aquino administration to rig the recent elections to favor administration candidates. “We will take every available legal action to ensure that the votes of BBM are properly counted and protected; also to have those responsible for this faux pas to be held accountable for their misdeed,” said Marcos’ campaign manager Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz. Dela Cruz stressed the need for government agencies, including Congress, to investigate the alleged security breach when a Smartmatic official altered a script in the server of the Commission on Elections. “It is all our desire to search for truth. We want to know what happened during the last elections,” Dela Cruz said, stressing that as a Filipino citizen and member of Congress, it is only proper that the unauthorized script alterations be investigated. Meanwhile, National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) council member Maricor Acol said she believed there was some “hocus pocus” committed to manipulate the election results. “Even if there was a change in the hash code [of the transparency server], there was no change in the value of election returns as far as we are concerned… They should look at the VCM which transmits the results of the election receipts,” Acol said. Acol said that what should be examined also is the hash code of vote counting machines instead of the transparency server. She also said that apart from the transparency server, there is also an “intermediary server” which contains the information on the transmitted ballots and the time these ballots were transmitted. But this intermediary server is under the custody of the Smartmatic, Acol said, criticizing Smartmatic officials for the security breach. READ MORE...

ALSO: BOARD OF CANVASSERS off-limits to Smartmatic


MAY 15 -Official count. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista and Commissioner Arthur Lim preside over the National Board of Canvassers which is conducting the official count of the May 9 elections at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. On Saturday, the NBC had received 90,594, or 96.62 percent, of the total 93,754 election returns. EY ACASIO
AFTER it learned that its technology supplier Smartmatic-TIM tampered with its transparency server without authorization, the Commission on Elections ordered its automated election system provider to stay away from the canvassing and consolidation system. Comelec Commissioner Robert Lim wrote Smartmatic general manager Elie Moreno to stress that only the National Board of Canvassers, which will count the votes for senators and party-list congressmen, should have control over the CCS at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. “As a precautionary measure in the midst of numerous concerns and speculations as to the integrity of the [CCS] being used for the 2016 National and Local Elections, please be reminded that the [NBC] has sole and absolute control over the CCS workstation located at the [PICC],” the letter read.“Henceforth, access to the same shall be subject to strict protocols. Your personnel shall not be allowed access to the same unless with specific prior authority from the NBC or the Project Monitoring Office,” Lim said. “In any case, access to the same shall always be under the direct supervision of a duly designated Comelec personnel,” Lim told Moreno. Lim also said Smartmatic has to secure his consent before examining any other equipment or system. “Finally, in the spirit of utmost transparency follow the protocol of announcing any action to all parties present before undertaking the same,” he added. Lim wrote the letter after Commissioner Rowena Guanzon scored Smartmatic for altering or inserting a script in the transparency server that is the source of the partial and unofficial election results that are being reported in media. While Smartmatic project director Marlon Garcia admitted they inserted a script in the transparency server without the authorization of the Comelec, but insisted that the alteration was only “minor” and “cosmetic.” “There was no results changed, okay? It’s very important to keep that in mind. Only the ‘ñ’ replacing the ‘?’ All the votes for Candidate A were still there, all the votes for Candidate B, everything remained the same,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Leni Robredo’s ride to victory - Bicol Express
[RELATED: Leni leads partial, unofficial VP tally for 6th day]


MAY 15 -JANUARY 15, 2016 BicoLeni Campaign - Cong.Leni Robredo interviewed by the local and national media in Albay province during the launching of "BicoLeni Express", a campaign to help and support Cong.Robredo for the non-stop progress in the region held in Bicol College Daraga Albay on January 14, 2015, Thursday. PHOTO BY MARK ALVIC ESPLANA / INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON. NAGA CITY, Philippines—The journey of Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo to a probable victory in the vice presidential race has confirmed the existence of a “Bicol vote,” a solid support base from her home region, according to political analysts here. Robredo, widow of former Naga City Mayor and Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, rode on the “Bicol Express,” with 64.5 percent of voters in the region choosing her as Vice President in Monday’s national elections. Rene Gumba, a political science instructor and former research associate at Ateneo de Naga University Social Science Research Center, said the Bicol vote became concrete after Robredo got the majority vote in the region. But Gumba said a Bicol vote should not be equated with Bicolanos solidly voting for a particular candidate. “We should equate a Bicol vote with the majority of Bicolanos campaigning and voting for a particular candidate,” he said. But Christopher Dy-Liaco, a businessman and senior adviser to foreign companies in the Philippines, believed there was indeed a Bicol vote. “If there were doubts about a Bicol vote before, Leni had proven [the nonbelievers wrong]. But the Bicol vote, per se, is not a regional vote. It’s not a command vote because Bicolano voters defied power broker impositions to vote for Chiz (Sen. Francis Escudero of Sorsogon province),” Dy-Liaco said. In the unofficial count, Robredo polled 1,499,923 votes, or 64.5 percent of the 2,325,418 votes cast in the six provinces of Bicol. Trailing her was Escudero, who garnered 476,483, or 20.5 percent of the votes cast in the region. READ MORE...RELATED, Leni leads partial, unofficial VP tally for 6th day...

ALSO: Duterte, Marcos top overseas voting


MAY 15 -Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (left) and Senator Bongbong Marcos (right). (MB File Photo)
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen.Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos were the top picks of overseas Filipino voters for president and vice president, respectively. Data released by Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon on the overseas absentee voting (OAV) revealed that Duterte received the most votes for president with 313,346 votes followed by Mar Roxas with 41,263 votes. The Davao City Mayor got the most votes in all Philippine posts except for Vatican where Roxas received 98 votes as opposed to the 74 votes of the former. Among the posts where Duterte received a big number of votes are Qatar, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, United States, Canada, Tokyo, Canberra, Athens, Berlin, Berne, Brunei, Muscat, Amman, Paris, Wellington, and Taiwan. For vice president, Marcos received the most votes with 176,669 votes followed by Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo with 89,935 votes. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bongbong Marcos, Imelda and family pray for ‘poll integrity’
[RELATED: Leni, Bongbong offer Masses amid tight VP race]


MAY 15 -Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos attends a mass dubbed as “Buong Bayan Magkaisa, Isang Misa Para sa Katotohanan at Integridad ng Halalan” organized by his supporters at the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran, Parañaque City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
MANILA — With the vice presidential race running close, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. sought Divine intervention and heard Sunday Mass with his family at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran. According to the invitation of Marcos’ campaign organizers, the 12:30 p.m. Mass at the Baclaran Church was offered for “katotohanan at integridad ng halalan (truth and the integrity of the elections).” But Marcos, along with his eldest son Sandro and his wife Louise, gave no indication that it was more than an ordinary Sunday Mass. Also present at the church were former first lady and Ilocos Norte 2nd district Rep. Imelda Marcos and her nephew, Leyte 1st district Rep. Martin Romualdez. The Marcoses, particularly the matriarch Imelda, have frequently heard Mass at the church. READ MORE...RELATED, Leni, Bongbong offer Masses amid tight VP race...


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Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

MANILA,
MAY 16, 2016 (MANILA STANDARD) posted May 15, 2016 by Maricel Cruz, Joel E. Zurbano and Vito Barcelo - THE camp of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Saturday vowed to exhaust all legal actions possible to expose to the Filipino people the orchestrated attempt of the Aquino administration to rig the recent elections to favor administration candidates.

“We will take every available legal action to ensure that the votes of BBM are properly counted and protected; also to have those responsible for this faux pas to be held accountable for their misdeed,” said Marcos’ campaign manager Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz.

Dela Cruz stressed the need for government agencies, including Congress, to investigate the alleged security breach when a Smartmatic official altered a script in the server of the Commission on Elections.

“It is all our desire to search for truth. We want to know what happened during the last elections,” Dela Cruz said, stressing that as a Filipino citizen and member of Congress, it is only proper that the unauthorized script alterations be investigated.

Meanwhile, National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) council member Maricor Acol said she believed there was some “hocus pocus” committed to manipulate the election results.

“Even if there was a change in the hash code [of the transparency server], there was no change in the value of election returns as far as we are concerned… They should look at the VCM which transmits the results of the election receipts,” Acol said.

Acol said that what should be examined also is the hash code of vote counting machines instead of the transparency server.

She also said that apart from the transparency server, there is also an “intermediary server” which contains the information on the transmitted ballots and the time these ballots were transmitted.

But this intermediary server is under the custody of the Smartmatic, Acol said, criticizing Smartmatic officials for the security breach.

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For his part, Alyansang Duterte-Bongbong (AlDuB) convenor Lito Soriano said the existence of an “intermediary server” under the supervision of Smartmatic bolsters suspicions that there was indeed a deliberate attempt to manipulate the Comelec quick count.

Soriano said that the “intermediary server” was “very dangerous” as it is prone to manipulation.

“If this server is in the custody of Smartmatic, we can say that the results of the vote count has already been compromised,” Soriano said.

Meanwhile, Marcos himself thanked his volunteers and supporters, who he said, deserve commendation for helping him in the campaign in the last general elections.

“I want to profusely thank our volunteers and our supporters for their selfless act of giving their time and effort in helping ensure free, honest and credible elections,” he said.

Marcos earlier urged the Comelec to stop the ongoing quick count of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) after reports of the script alteration.

The senator said the prayers and words of encouragement of his volunteers and supporters nationwide continue to inspire him to keep on seeking the truth.

“I also thanked the people who continue praying for me and I assure you that you will be my inspiration to continue the fight for the votes of the Filipinos,” said Marcos.

Marcos appealed for continued vigilance not only from his supporters but also from the election watchdogs as well, as he cited reports that as of Friday over 3,800 Vote Counting Machines still could not transmit election results.

“With a considerable number of votes that have yet to be transmitted we have to remain vigilant, yet calm and sober, to ensure that the true will of the people will be reflected in the results of the elections,” he said.

Marcos said a total of 555 VCMs from polling precincts in the Middle East and Africa still have to transmit results, 310 from North and Latin America, 339 from Asia and 152 from Europe. These VCMs, he added, should supposedly account for around 980,000 registered voters.

“Likewise, 333 VCMs from Lanao del Sur still need to transmit election results, 207 from Surigao del Sur, 158 in Maguindanao and 160 in Sulu.”

“I will rest when I am satisfied that the results that are being counted, that are official, are actually validated by the results as we can certainty confirm it from local reports that we get from the different precincts,” Marcos said.


MANILA STANDARD

‘NBC off-limits to Smartmatic’ posted May 15, 2016 at 12:01 am by Sara Susanne D. Fabunan and Vito Barcelo


Official count. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista and Commissioner Arthur Lim preside over the National Board of Canvassers which is conducting the official count of the May 9 elections at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. On Saturday, the NBC had received 90,594, or 96.62 percent, of the total 93,754 election returns. EY ACASIO

AFTER it learned that its technology supplier Smartmatic-TIM tampered with its transparency server without authorization, the Commission on Elections ordered its automated election system provider to stay away from the canvassing and consolidation system.

Comelec Commissioner Robert Lim wrote Smartmatic general manager Elie Moreno to stress that only the National Board of Canvassers, which will count the votes for senators and party-list congressmen, should have control over the CCS at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

“As a precautionary measure in the midst of numerous concerns and speculations as to the integrity of the [CCS] being used for the 2016 National and Local Elections, please be reminded that the [NBC] has sole and absolute control over the CCS workstation located at the [PICC],” the letter read.

“Henceforth, access to the same shall be subject to strict protocols. Your personnel shall not be allowed access to the same unless with specific prior authority from the NBC or the Project Monitoring Office,” Lim said.

“In any case, access to the same shall always be under the direct supervision of a duly designated Comelec personnel,” Lim told Moreno.

Lim also said Smartmatic has to secure his consent before examining any other equipment or system.

“Finally, in the spirit of utmost transparency follow the protocol of announcing any action to all parties present before undertaking the same,” he added.

Lim wrote the letter after Commissioner Rowena Guanzon scored Smartmatic for altering or inserting a script in the transparency server that is the source of the partial and unofficial election results that are being reported in media.

While Smartmatic project director Marlon Garcia admitted they inserted a script in the transparency server without the authorization of the Comelec, but insisted that the alteration was only “minor” and “cosmetic.”

“There was no results changed, okay? It’s very important to keep that in mind. Only the ‘ñ’ replacing the ‘?’ All the votes for Candidate A were still there, all the votes for Candidate B, everything remained the same,” he said.

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“There may have been no damage in terms of alteration of the results, but there is certainly some effects because now people are anxious,” said Guanzon, who demanded that the poll agency conduct a formal investigation of the incident to identify the possible liabilities of Smartmatic.

“They should not have touched that program without our prior knowledge and our official consent... It’s our property, its not their property,” she added.

“This was unauthorized. That initiative to change a ‘minor’ thing did not come from the Comelec, it came from them,” Guanzon said.

Depending on the outcome of the investigation, Guanzon said Smartmatic may even be banned from participating in future elections in the country, especially after an earlier problem over the malfunction of at least 2,363 vote counting machines (VCMs) that the Comelec leased from the company.

Comelec Commissioner Luie Guia had earleir said the poll body is reviewing its terms of reference with Smartmatic, which supplied 92,509 VCMs for the elections, so the government would not have to pay for the VCMs that malfunctioned since they were not used.

There have already been moves in Congress, like the proposal of Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo, seeking a House of Representatives probe on the issue of the malfunctioning of the VCMs even before the script alteration controversy arose.

In the Senate, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Poll Automation, also asked the Comelec to withhold the unpaid balance for the lease of the 98,000 vote counting machines supplied by Smartmatic.

Nonetheless, Smartmatic issued a statement saying the Philippines can be proud that it holds the record for having the largest manufacturing and deployment of VCMs not only in Asia but in the whole world.

“I can’t tell you how proud and fulfilled I feel now knowing that I’ve been part of such an amazing and historic accomplishment,” Garcia said in an internal memo to all its employees and technicians.

Garcia said the Philippines can now call itself a leader in automated elections because it configured almost 100,000 VCMs in just a month, recruited 45,000 field technicians in less than three months, deployed the biggest BGAN in the world, set up a call center with more than 700 operators in one month, set up a private election network and three data centers in only one month.

Garcia also noted Smartmatic also supervised the printing of 56,000,000 ballots in just 49 days.

But lawyer Harry Roque, who has been a critic of Smartmatic since 2009, welcomed Guanzon’s insistence on a probe.

“Smartmatic must be investigated and held liable for the unauthorized and patently illegal change in the server script,” said Harry Roque, who said the Comelec’s credibility has been put in question despite an otherwise orderly election.

Roque, who is a professor of law at the University of the Philippines, said that the change the Smartmatic introduced was cosmetic is not the crux of the matter.

“The point is that the script was changed, and without authorization at that. If Smartmatic was able to freely change the script without Comelec’s prior approval, any result can now be changed by them. If one character can be changed, so can others,” he said.

He said Smartmatic made a serious security breach, one that should not have been allowed and one that they should be held liable for.

Meanwhile, computer experts slammed the modification of the hash code in Comelec’s election transparency server as this has cast doubts on the integrity of the election results and could even be tantamount to electoral sabotage.

Toti Casino, board member of the Philippine Computer Society, agreed with Roque and said the matter should be probed further to restore public confidence in the electoral system.

“All of this are manifestations that there is a high vulnerability to fraud within the source code or within the election system, which now needs to be secured and subject to investigation,” Casino said.


INQUIRER

Leni Robredo’s ride to victory: Bicol Express By: Juan Escandor Jr. @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Southern Luzon 03:04 AM May 15th, 2016


JANUARY 15, 2016 BicoLeni Campaign - Cong.Leni Robredo interviewed by the local and national media in Albay province during the launching of "BicoLeni Express", a campaign to help and support Cong.Robredo for the non-stop progress in the region held in Bicol College Daraga Albay on January 14, 2015, Thursday. PHOTO BY MARK ALVIC ESPLANA / INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON.


NAGA CITY, Philippines—The journey of Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo to a probable victory in the vice presidential race has confirmed the existence of a “Bicol vote,” a solid support base from her home region, according to political analysts here.

Robredo, widow of former Naga City Mayor and Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, rode on the “Bicol Express,” with 64.5 percent of voters in the region choosing her as Vice President in Monday’s national elections.

Rene Gumba, a political science instructor and former research associate at Ateneo de Naga University Social Science Research Center, said the Bicol vote became concrete after Robredo got the majority vote in the region.

But Gumba said a Bicol vote should not be equated with Bicolanos solidly voting for a particular candidate.

“We should equate a Bicol vote with the majority of Bicolanos campaigning and voting for a particular candidate,” he said.

But Christopher Dy-Liaco, a businessman and senior adviser to foreign companies in the Philippines, believed there was indeed a Bicol vote.

“If there were doubts about a Bicol vote before, Leni had proven [the nonbelievers wrong]. But the Bicol vote, per se, is not a regional vote. It’s not a command vote because Bicolano voters defied power broker impositions to vote for Chiz (Sen. Francis Escudero of Sorsogon province),” Dy-Liaco said.

In the unofficial count, Robredo polled 1,499,923 votes, or 64.5 percent of the 2,325,418 votes cast in the six provinces of Bicol. Trailing her was Escudero, who garnered 476,483, or 20.5 percent of the votes cast in the region.

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Escudero, who placed fourth among six candidates for Vice President in the unofficial national count, conceded defeat a day after the elections.

The third-ranked candidate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, whose wife’s family is from Tiwi town in Albay, conceded defeat to Robredo on Thursday.

Small slices

Other candidates rooted in or claiming affinity to Bicol got small slices of the Bicol pie. Cayetano, the running mate of the presumptive winner of the presidential election, Rodrigo Duterte, got only 3 percent of the vote; Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, whose roots are in Ligao City, also in Albay, had 2 percent; and Sen. Gregorio Honasan of Sorsogon received 1.5 percent.

Bicolanos put Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, in third place with 8.1 percent of the total votes cast in the region. Marcos is trailing Robredo in the national count.

During the Liberal Party’s campaign rally in this city on May 6, Robredo made a final pitch to fellow Bicolanos and asked them to rally behind her and other administration candidates.

She said the Bicolanos’ dream of electing to high office a native of the region would be within reach if they would unite behind her candidacy.

“We are almost there. Our dream of having the voice of Bicol heard in the national government is within reach,” she said.

In that rally, Robredo said Bicol votes could help her beat her closest rival, Marcos, who was relying on the support of the “Solid North” or the Ilocano-speaking provinces in Northern Luzon, the bailiwick of the Marcos family.

READ: Robredo banks on ‘United Bicol’ to foil Marcos’ ‘Solid North’

According to Dy-Liaco, the Bicol vote is a “thinking vote,” because it selects the best candidate who represents Bicol or pushes the sentiments and aspirations of Bicolanos.

“It’s not a regional vote that’s based on localities, because if it is, Trillanes should have had more votes in Albay’s third congressional district (where his family hails from), or Gringo (Honasan) having more votes in Sorsogon. It is not a ‘blind vote’ that is based on mere regionalism,” he said. TVJ



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Leni leads partial, unofficial VP tally for 6th day Published May 15, 2016 8:03am WANT TO SEE THE E16 LOCAL RESULTS FOR CAMARINES SUR? CLICK FOR LOCATION. Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo continued to lead for the sixth day in the partial and unofficial tally of votes for vice president.

As of 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Robredo led vice presidential tally with 14,020,498 followed closely by Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. with 13,802,459.

The latest tally represents 96.10 percent of election returns for the May 9 elections.

A total of 43,708,556 votes have been counted in the partial and unofficial tally.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano got 5,678,011 votes followed by Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero with 4,812,095, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV with 844,095 and Sen. Gringo Honasan with 760,288.

On Saturday, the Commission on Elections' said it has finished tallying overseas votes.

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said that a total of 432,706 votes were counted from overseas.

Marcos got 176,669 votes while Robredo got 89,935 votes, which has an 86,734 difference.

The final count of the OAV, however, was not yet inputted into the Comelec-GMA Mirror Server.

The result of the Overseas Absentee Voting was closely followed as some quarters believe that it could serve as "swing votes" in the tight race for the vice presidency.

Marcos has accused the Liberal Party of election-rigging, which Robredo denied.

The senator led the vice presidential tally hours after the elections last Monday, but was overtaken by Robredo early Tuesday. —ALG, GMA News


MANILA BULLETIN

Duterte, Marcos top overseas voting by Leslie Ann Aquino May 15, 2016 (updated) Share1 Tweet1 Share0 Email0 Share6 image: http://www.mb.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/duterte-marcos.jpg


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (left) and Senator Bongbong Marcos (right). (MB File Photo) Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (left) and Senator Bongbong Marcos (right). (MB File Photo)

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen.Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos were the top picks of overseas Filipino voters for president and vice president, respectively.

Data released by Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon on the overseas absentee voting (OAV) revealed that Duterte received the most votes for president with 313,346 votes followed by Mar Roxas with 41,263 votes.

The Davao City Mayor got the most votes in all Philippine posts except for Vatican where Roxas received 98 votes as opposed to the 74 votes of the former.

Among the posts where Duterte received a big number of votes are Qatar, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, United States, Canada, Tokyo, Canberra, Athens, Berlin, Berne, Brunei, Muscat, Amman, Paris, Wellington, and Taiwan.

For vice president, Marcos received the most votes with 176,669 votes followed by Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo with 89,935 votes.

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Marcos was also able to capture majority of votes in 49 Philippines posts while the remaining 10 went to Robredo.

These 10 posts are Agana, United States, Canberra, Jakarta, The Vatican, New Delhi, Yangon, Berne, The Hague, and Port Moresby.

The Comelec – Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) said a total of 432,706 overseas Filipino voters actually cast their votes in the May 2016 polls of a 31.44 percent voter turnout.

There are 1.3 million registered overseas Filipino voters.

The Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC), finished canvassing all the 59 Certificates of Canvass (COCs) from Philippine posts abroad, Saturday.

The Comelec is canvassing votes for senators and partylist representatives while Congress will be the ones that will canvass the votes for president and vice president.


INQUIRER

Bongbong Marcos, Imelda and family pray for ‘poll integrity’ By: Jeannette I. Andrade @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 05:56 PM May 15th, 2016


Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos attends a mass dubbed as “Buong Bayan Magkaisa, Isang Misa Para sa Katotohanan at Integridad ng Halalan” organized by his supporters at the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran, Parañaque City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA — With the vice presidential race running close, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. sought Divine intervention and heard Sunday Mass with his family at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran.

According to the invitation of Marcos’ campaign organizers, the 12:30 p.m. Mass at the Baclaran Church was offered for “katotohanan at integridad ng halalan (truth and the integrity of the elections).”

But Marcos, along with his eldest son Sandro and his wife Louise, gave no indication that it was more than an ordinary Sunday Mass. Also present at the church were former first lady and Ilocos Norte 2nd district Rep. Imelda Marcos and her nephew, Leyte 1st district Rep. Martin Romualdez.

The Marcoses, particularly the matriarch Imelda, have frequently heard Mass at the church.

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As soon as Marcos and his family got off their car, churchgoers started crowding and clicking away on their mobile phones, taking pictures of the Marcoses.

Even inside the church, people started chanting, “Marcos” and “BBM,” and had to be asked to stay quiet during the service celebrated by Fr. Ben Baoninang.

At the part of the Mass where churchgoers had to wish each other peace, Marcos rose from his seat and raised his hands with peace signs in greeting other churchgoers before approaching his mother, who was seated on a pew across from him.

Sandro and Louise embraced the former first lady before returning to their seats next to the senator.

Churchgoers, who apparently support Marcos’ vice presidential bid, waited for the Eucharist and took the opportunity to take pictures of the family.

The service wasn’t even over when people started crowding near the Marcoses’ pews.

The crowd had to be held back by security personnel so the Marcoses could leave the church and board their vehicles.

As of this posting, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo led the partial and unofficial count at the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting by over 200,000 votes, ahead of Marcos. SFM/rga

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Leni, Bongbong offer Masses amid tight VP race Published May 15, 2016 8:41am WANT TO SEE THE E16 LOCAL RESULTS FOR CAMARINES SUR? CLICK FOR LOCATION. Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos will offer separate Holy Masses on Sunday amid the tight vice presidential race.

In a media invite, Robredo's campaign team said they will offer a thanksgiving Mass at the Church of Gesu at the Ateneo de Manila University campus in Quezon City at 3 p.m.

The congresswoman's camp said the Mass is "for a successful and peaceful elections and the call to unite and move forward..."

Before the Mass, the congresswoman's daughter, Aika, will lead the praying of the rosary.

Marcos' camp, meanwhile, will offer Mass at the Baclaran Redemptorist Church in Parañaque City at 12:30 p.m.

The Mass was themed "Buong Bayan Magkaisa sa isang banal na Misa para sa katotohanan at integridad ng halalan."

"Inaanyayahan namin ang lahat para dumalo at makisalo sa Misang ito," Marcos' camp said.

As of Sunday morning, Robredo continued to lead the partial and unofficial tally of votes for vice president.

Marcos' camp has called on the Commission on Elections and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting to stop the quick count.

It has also accused the Liberal Party of cheating.

Robredo, meanwhile, had called for calm amid the allegations of cheating. —ALG, GMA News


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