The camp of vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. played down yesterday the lead of his rival Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo as the senator expressed confidence that he would win. Marcos also urged the Comelec to terminate the ongoing unofficial count being conducted by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) because it has reached the 90-percent mark. Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz, campaign adviser of Marcos, said the so-called updates in the unofficial count run counter to exit polls and their own internal survey. “It is unfortunate that while the whole country was asleep the glitch in the canvassing occurred and from then on we saw a progression of so-called ‘updates’ that showed an alarming and suspicious trend reducing our lead.”
He said De la Cruz informed him that they are sending an urgent request to the Commission on Elections and its citizens’ arm PPCRV to terminate the unofficial count, which now stands at 90.99 percent.
He said in the past, the unofficial count was designed not to be completed to avoid the possibility of confusion and conflict with the official canvass. He said there is no reason for this not to be the norm this time around.
Communications director Ana de Villa-Singson of PPCRV yesterday said that despite the appeal made by Marcos to stop their unofficial count, they would not comply because it is only the Comelec that could order them to do so.