Congress as NBOC finishes canvass, set to proclaim BBM, Sara as prexy and VP

The Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, on Wednesday ended the canvassing of votes for president and vice president—the fastest canvassing in the history of the elections in the Philippines.

The NBOC is set to proclaim the duly elected President and duly elected Vice President this afternoon. 

The NBOC started the canvassing at 10am on Tuesday and ended at around 3:30pm on Wednesday. 

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. garnered a total of 31,629,783 votes while Sara Duterte received 32,208,417. The NBOC  canvassed 171 out of 173 COCs from different cities and provinces in the country and votes from Philippine posts in other countries. 

Rep. Boying Remulla said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has certified the two foreign service posts that conducted elections, Bunos Aires, Argentina and Syria but results have not arrived.

With this, Remulla moved to terminate the canvassing of votes for the Presidential and VP race as the 2 remaining COCs will not affect the results of the elections.  

Under the 1987 Constitution, the President and the Vice-President shall be elected by direct vote of the people for a term of six years which shall begin at noon on the 30th day of June next following the day of the election and shall end at noon of the same date, six years thereafter.

The Constitution said the President shall submit to the Congress, within 30 days from the opening of every regular session as the basis of the general appropriations bill, a budget of expenditures and sources of financing, including receipts from existing and proposed revenue measures.

The first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of Marcos is on July 25. 

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