WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The canvassing of votes for the Philippines’ next president and vice president begins at 10 am (Manila time) on Tuesday, May 24, at the Batasang Pambansa.
Contingents from the Senate and the House of Representatives to the canvassing committee are set to convene as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) to officially count the votes. Lawmakers target to finish the canvassing and proclaim the winners of the 2022 presidential and vice-presidential elections by Wednesday, May 25.
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With no objections, Philippines sees fastest count for presidential, VP races
Even as a handful election officers apparently send the wrong election document, the counting goes smoothly, thanks in part to Zoom and Viber. After all, none of the trailing candidates in the presidential race contested the counting.
Proclamation for President and VP expected today
In 2016, canvass for Duterte and Robredo done in 3 days, the fastest at the time. Marcos and Duterte's canvass poised to be done in 2 days, or today. In 2016, canvass was done 7pm on a Friday so proclamation was deferred to the next Monday. We're expecting proclamation today— Lian Buan (@lianbuan) May 25, 2022
What COCs have yet to be canvassed?
A total of 68 certificates of canvass (COC) are on deck on Wednesday, May 25, as Congress is set to finish the canvassing of votes for President and Vice President. Among these COCs are from:
- Metro Manila cities, including Manila, Quezon City, and Caloocan City
- Major cities such as Cebu City, Davao City, and Cagayan de Oro City
- Vote-rich provinces like Quezon, Nueva Ecija, Iloilo, and Leyte
- Other areas like Palawan, Zamboanga del Norte, and the Bangsamoro region
- More overseas posts, including the United States, Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries, and China
- Local absentee voting and detainee voting results
Canvassing suspended, to resume on May 25 at 9 am
Canvassing suspended after 105 COCs counted. Joint session resumes 9am tomorrow, May 25.— Bea Cupin (@beacupin) May 24, 2022
Joint committee suspends proceedings after canvassing 105/173 COCs for president, VP. Marcos has 24,052,854 votes so far, while Duterte has 24,171,445. Canvassing proceedings to resume at 9 am tom. Proclamation of Marcos-Duterte to be held tom as well.— Mara Cepeda (@maracepeda) May 24, 2022
‘Missing’ COCs from Surigao del Sur, Pampanga, Sultan Kudarat left in provincial Comelec offices
The canvassing of votes for president and vice president were going smoothly for hours until the joint committee found that the certificates of canvass (COCs) from Surigao del Sur, Pampanga, and Sultan Kudarat were not inside their respective ballot boxes.
It turns out that these COCs were left behind in the provincial offices of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), causing the deferral of the canvassing of these documents.
To resolve the issue, the joint panel asked the provincial election officers from the three provinces to take a picture of the COCs then send the photo to the committee via Viber so lawmakers could physically print the COCs at the Batasang Pambansa.
The COCs were later deemed canvassed after the provincial election supervisors confirmed they had signed the document and that the committee was able to print the photo of the COCs that they took.
Joint canvassing committee co-chairs Migz Zubiri and Martin Romualdez ordered the election supervisors to have the hard copies of the COCs air mailed or delivered to Batasan by Wednesday, May 25.
Zubiri admonishes Comelec for missing COCs: ‘They have only one job’
At past 9 pm on Tuesday, May 24, a visibly frustrated Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri admonished the Commission on Elections (Comelec) after the joint canvassing committee found that the certificates of canvass (COC) for Pampanga and Sultan Kudarat were not inside their respective ballot boxes.
Zubiri is co-chair of the 18th Congress’ joint panel for the canvassing of votes along with House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez.
“They have only one job and one job to do – which is to insert the COC of the province for president and vice president, and deliver it to the Senate. One job and one job only. How can they be remiss in their job?.. Therefore, we admonish the Comelec for this non-action or non-appearance of these COCs,” said Zubiri.
As of posting, the joint committee is set to open the ballot boxes containing the election returns for Pampanga and Sultan Kudarat in case the COCs were mistakenly placed inside.
An hour earlier, the COC for Surigao del Sur was also deemed missing. It turned out the document was left at the office of the provincial election supervisor April Joy Balaño after it was mixed along with the COCs for other positions. She was then directed to take a picture of the COC and send via Viber, to allow the joint panel to physically print the photo at the Batasang Pambansa. The Surigao del Sur COC was later deemed canvassed by lawmakers, provided that the document will be air mailed to Manila by Wednesday, May 25.
Lawyers of president, VP bets present during vote canvassing
Here are the names of the lawyers representing the Marcos-Duterte and Robredo-Pangilinan tandems during the vote canvassing proceedings in Batasan today: pic.twitter.com/MsIClwHHMD— Mara Cepeda (@maracepeda) May 24, 2022
The legal teams of presidential candidates Ernie Abella and Isko Moreno, and VP bet Willie Ong officially make appearance here at Batasan. Veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal also officially makes appearance, representing VP Leni Robredo.— Bea Cupin (@beacupin) May 24, 2022
Everything you need to know about the 2022 canvassing of votes for president, VP
The joint committee is aiming to finish the canvassing and proclaim the country’s next president and vice president by May 25.