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Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos still lead the overseas absentee voting for president and vice president.
According to partial, unofficial results based on the Commission on Elections-GMA7 mirror server as of 9:56 a.m. yesterday, Duterte had 105,233 votes or 72.9 percent of the votes cast.
In second place is Manuel “Mar” A. Roxas II of the Liberal Party who had 15,016 votes (10.4 percent) after the transmission of 23.26 percent of overseas votes.
Third was Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago with 13,571 votes (9.4 percent), Sen. Grace Poe, 7,896 votes (5.5 percent), Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, 2,526 votes (1.8 percent), and the late OFW party-list Rep. Roy Seneres, 38 votes (0 percent).
Marcos had 60,753 votes or 42.2 percent, followed by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni G. Robredo with 47,913 (33.3 percent) and 27,889 votes (19.4 percent), respectively.
Following Robredo was Senators Francis Joseph G. Escudero with 5,363 votes (3.7 percent); Antonio F. Trillanes IV, with 1,035 votes (0.7 percent); and Gringo Honasan II with 956 votes (0.7 percent).
Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon had earlier said that around 250,000 overseas votes have still to be canvassed, aside from the 500,000 votes from Maguindanao that have yet to be transmitted and the 17,600 voters in special elections.
“How significant was 250,000 votes from OAV? With that and Maguindanao plus 20,000 who have not voted? It’s a tight race and so I can understand why Senator Marcos is really on his toes,” said Guanzon. (Martin A. Sadongdong)