LOOK: Leni leads in partial, official VP tally


MANILA - Liberal Party's Leni Robredo is leading the official count for vice president, according to the partial and official tally released Wednesday.

The two chambers of Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), has opened the Certificates of Canvass (COCs) from 48 provinces, chartered cities and overseas absentee voting (OAV) posts.

Counting of COCs from three provinces, Laguna, Davao del Norte and Ilocos Sur, were deferred.

As of 9:26:03 p.m. on May 25, 2016, Robredo was leading her rivals with 3,576,643 total votes, almost 300,000 votes ahead of her nearest rival.

Senator Bongbong Marcos was at second place with 3,281,151 votes, followed by Senator Chiz Escudero with 1,491,267.

Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte's running mate, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, was at fourth place with 1,457,495. Senators Antonio Trillanes and Gringo Honasan are at fifth and sixth places with 205,952 votes and 196,006 votes, respectively.

The Congress has canvassed 10,208,514 votes, representing COCs from 45 provinces, chartered cities and OAV posts.

Earlier, a counsel for Marcos urged the NBOC to separately proclaim the president and the vice president due to allegations of fraud in the vice-presidential elections.

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However, the NBOC decided to proceed with the canvassing according to existing rules.

House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II earlier said that the Congress sitting as the NBOC will not look into allegations of electoral fraud.

"The mandate (of the NBOC) is canvass and tabulate. It's not a board of inquiry," Gonzales said.