Detainee voters prefer Poe, Binay, COC shows
MANILA - Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte won among all social classes, but there's one particular group where he's not so popular: voters who are in jail.
More detainee voters chose Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay over the Davao City mayor as the country's next president, the final tally of votes by Congress sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) showed Friday.
Poe garnered a total of 896 votes, or around 40 percent of the total 2,193 detainee votes.
The soft-spoken senator was followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay, who received 549 votes.
Duterte, who ran his campaign on an anti-criminality platform, only got 387 votes, or less than half of Poe's votes.
Roxas was at fourth place with a close 331 votes. Next were Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago with 26 votes and the late Roy Señeres with 4 votes.
Based on the 167 certificates of canvass (COCs) tallied by Congress, Duterte was the clear winner in the presidential race with an overwhelming total 16.6 million votes, beating his closest rival Mar Roxas by more than 6 million votes.
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The 71-year-old Duterte, who has been mayor of Davao City for over 20 years, has promised to curb criminality in only three to six months upon assumption into office.
He has also said that he is eyeing a reshuffle in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), lamenting that inmates there have managed to set up drug laboratories and live luxurious lives inside their cells due to poor management of the current administration.
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He has also branded the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), which maintains the NBP, as among the most corrupt government agencies in the country.
In a resolution issued by the Supreme Court on May 3, detainees were allowed to vote for candidates in the national positions, including candidates for "president, vice president, senators and parties or organizations under the partylist system of representation and no other positions."
They manually cast their votes and their ballots in envelopes given to an election officer, and their votes were counted in COMELEC Manila.
The Omnibus Election Code disqualifies those who had been sentenced with "final judgement" by a court to imprisonment of not less than a year, found to be insane or competent, or have lost or renounced their citizenship.