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Duterte and Marcos lose vote in Vatican precinct

Hong Kong (SE): According to data from the Philippine Commission on Elections, presumptive president, Rodrigo Duterte, and Bongbong Marcos, son of the late ousted dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, who is running second in the race for the vice-presidency, lost the vote at the Vatican voting precinct.

Duterte received 74 votes at the Vatican compared to administration candidate Mar Roxas who proved more popular with 98 votes, while Marcos only got 37 votes, while frontrunner, Leni Robredo garnered 135 votes, UCAN News reported on May 16. 

There are 875 voters registered with the Vatican precinct according to the Commission on Elections, of which 262 voted.

Duterte garnered the most votes from overseas absentee voters during the May 9 Philippine national elections, was not the popular choice among Filipinos who voted at the Vatican.

Meanwhile, the Robredo camp claimed victory in the tightly contested vice-presidential race on May 15, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

Boyet Dy, head of Robredo’s campaign policy unit, reportedly said that publicly available data showed it would be mathematically impossible for Marcos to catch up and that even if all the as-yet uncounted votes went to him, Robredo would still win, the newspaper reported.

“It’s irreversible. We have won,” Robredo was reported as having told a big crowd of supporters at Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City. 

With 99.51 per cent of cities and municipalities tallied up in the unofficial count, Robredo’s claim had basis the Philippine Daily Inquirer report said, because her camp has official copies of election returns according to the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV). 

Asked to comment on the claim, PPCRV vice chairperson Johnny Cardena, said, “It is possible.”

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