It's official: Duterte wins as President, Robredo clinches VP slot

After three days of tallying results from the certificates of canvass, (COCs) the National Board of Canvassers had finally wrapped up the official canvassing for the Presidential and Vice Presidential race.

Rodrigo Duterte has emerged as the runaway winner for the presidency, confirming the results of the partial and unofficial quick counts of COMELEC and PPCRV.

Rep. Leni Robredo won as Vice President in a very tight race. She garnered 14,418,817 while Marcos got 14,155,344. Leni led Marcos by only 263,473 votes.

Filipinos  watched the canvassing avidly, focusing on the VP race.  Considering the accusation of electoral fraud coming from the Marcos camp, there was some uncertainty of the outcome of the VP race until the last minute.

Three hashstags #TagumpayNiLeni, Leni Robredo, and Northern Samar were on Twitter's trending topics during the last few hours of the canvassing. A bit later, #VPLeni was on top of the trending list.

You may be wondering why Northern Samar  is included in the list of topics related to the congressional count for the VP race.

The last COC counted came from Northern Samar, where Leni won over Marcos by more than 38,000 votes. Robredo's daughter, Tricia tweeted right after the canvassing of the last COC:

Poetic that we seal (canvassing) with N Samar, the region with most number of Martial Law human rights abuse victims. #NeverAgain
- Tricia Robredo @jpgrobredo , May 27 2016

FYI, Leni's supporters say her victory is also a fitting birthday gift to her husband, the former Jesse Robredo, whose birthday falls today, May 27.

The joint session was terminated at around 7:15, after which the people in the session hall broke into applause.

So for the next six years, fellow Filipinos, we will be ruled by President Rodrigo Duterte of Davao and by Vice President Leni Robredo of Camarines Sur.

Gob Bless the Philippines!
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