Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo has declared victory in the elections but Malacañang still does not recognize such triumph pending the counting of the votes.
Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said they prefer to wait for the official proclamation of the election winners especially amid allegations of irregularities in the partial vote count.
“We understand Rep. Robredo’s assertion pertaining to the results of the election, as well as Senator (Ferdinand “Bongbong”) Marcos’ reservations on the unofficial poll count,” Coloma said in a text message.
“We also note that Congress will soon convene as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC). Perhaps it is best to await the official announcement by Congress as NBOC on the matter,” he added.
Last Sunday, Robredo claimed that her victory is “irreversible” after gaining a lead of more than 257,000 votes against close rival Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., in the elections.
The Camarines Sur lawmaker said it was mathematically impossible for Marcos to overtake her even if all the remaining votes went to her rival.
Marcos earlier cried foul over alleged irregularities in the counting of votes and immediately sought a halt of the unofficial quick count. The Comelec however has denied alleged poll irregularities supposedly to boost the votes of the administration candidate.