Liberal Party candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Ma. Lenor “Leni” Robredo is the country’s vice president.
This was the result of the official count in the House of Representatives which showed her leading with 14,418,817, or just 263,473 votes apart from her closest rival Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who got 14,155,344.
Congress sitting as the National Board of Canvassers finished tabulating the total number of 166 certificates of canvass around 7:18 p.m. on Friday.
Robredo was declared the winner after the canvassing, which incidentally was the 58th birthday of her late husband Jesse Robredo.
Jesse, the former interior secretary, died in a plane crash in 2012 due to engine failure. The sympathy for her husband buoyed the widow Leni to win the congressional district of Camarines Sur in the 2013 midterm elections, toppling the Villafuerte political clan.
Although Congresswoman Robredo initially wanted to run for senator in the May 9 national polls, she was convinced to be the running mate of Manuel “Mar” Roxas when the administration’s first choice Grace Poe opted to run for president.
Robredo started off the lowest in the voters’ preference polls until she got in a statistical tie with frontrunner Marcos before the elections.
Robredo won the vice presidency buoyed by her votes from her bailiwicks in Bicol, which stood out against the “Solid North” votes for Marcos.
Marcos had decried massive cheating and automated fraud that shaved his votes in favor of Robredo after a supposed change in command script in the transparency server that received the unofficial count. But the change was dismissed as a cosmetic change intended to correct the spelling of a candidate’s name.
Marcos trailed with 14,155,344 votes.
As expected, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte maintained his overwhelming lead with 16,601,997 votes in the official count.
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