Duterte, Marcos on top in Day 2 of official canvassing

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Duterte, Marcos on top in Day 2 of official canvassing 1
Congressional staff members secure the ballot boxes containing Certificates of Canvass at the House of Representatives. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

COCs from Kuwait, Canada stuck in Customs

MANILA - Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Bongbong Marcos are top their respective races as the joint canvassing committee of Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers for President and Vice-President, finished about 2/3 of their work on day 2.

Duterte is the breakaway leader in the presidential race, while Marcos led by as high as 2.4 million votes before his lead was whittled down to just around 80,000 at the end of the canvassing day. Three of Duterte's rivals have already conceded.

The officially canvassed votes in the presidential race so far are:

Rodrigo Duterte 15,140,495
Mar Roxas 9,057,359
Grace Poe 8,697,378
Jojo Binay 4,971,584
Miriam Defensor-Santiago 1,398,278
Roy Seneres 23,630
TOTAL: 39, 288,724

In the vice-presidential race:

Bongbong Marcos 13,214,810
Leni Robredo 13,131,330
Alan Cayetano 5,546,631
Chiz Escudero 4,639,594
Sonny Trillanes 794,814
Gringo Honasan 695,593
TOTAL: 38,022,722

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III announced during the committee's public session that it could finish its work Friday, or day 3 of the official canvass.

On Day 2, the committee handled 68 certificates of canvass (COCs), with the panel canvassing 114 of 166 total COCs so far. This left 52 COCs still uncanvassed.

However the canvassing of 4 COCs was suspended by the committee after the same panel resolved the suspension of the canvass of the 3 COCs on its first day.

The COC of Antique was deferred because of an apparent discrepancy which has to be explained by the provincial board of canvassers chairman in 24 hours.

The manually delivered COCs of Kuwait and Canada were also not available because they got stuck in Customs. Rep. Miro Quimbo told ABS-CBN News that the diplomatic pouches were not addressed to the Commission on Election's (Comelec) Office of Overseas Absentee Voting so they could not enjoy tariff-free privileges.

Quimbo said the Comelec is now working on getting the COCs out of Customs.

The Iloilo City manually transmitted CoC, meanwhile, is missing and canvassing board was ordered to produce it.

House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said the manually transmitted COCs of Lanao del Sur and Northern Samar also have the same problem, and the Comelec was also directed to produce it and make sure the members of the canvassing boards are present in Friday's session when the COCs are called.

Earlier in the day, the committee admitted into the official tally the COCs from Laguna, Ilocos Sur, and Davao del Norte after the provincial boards of canvassers' chairpersons explained the discrepancies found in the multiple transmissions of the COCs.

The first transmissions included testing data about a week before election day. When this was detected, the boards of canvassers transmitted the correct data, which the chairmen identified during the session.

During the canvassing, the electronically transmitted COC is compared with the manually delivered COC for vetting.

Gonzales, co-chair of the panel, confirmed an earlier announcement that there will be no canvass this weekend.

Senator Koko Pimentel, co-chair of the canvassing committee, said the canvassing can be ended next week and a proclamation done by midweek.

Pimentel added, "Maybe Tuesday or Wednesday proclamation. Kasi there will be a report, it will be the joint session that will proclaim. The report will be a simple one because the system generates the final report. We will submit the report to the joint session."

Among the COCs canvassed on day 2 was Pampanga, the vote-rich home province of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which delivered for Duterte and Marcos in their respective races.