Philippine Election Result: Leni Robredo is the Vice President

After more than a couple of weeks, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has finally released its official count, putting Liberal Party candidate Camarines Sur Representative, Leni Robredo, in place for the country’s second highest position.

Based on the office count of Congress sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, Robredo takes the lead with a total votes of 14,418,817. She is just 263,473 votes ahead of her closest Rival, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., the son of the late Philippine President, Ferdinand Marcos. It was a very close fight.


Incidentally, she was declared the winner on the 58th birthday of her late husband, the former interior secretary and former Naga City Mayor, Jesse Robredo. It was already past 7 o’clock in the evening on Friday, after closing of canvassing of 166 certificates of canvass (COC) when she was announced the winner.


It was four years ago when her late spouse died in a plane crash due to engine failure. Since then, she started to gain sympathy from the people of Camarines Sur. She was subsequently elected in the congressional district of the province in 2013, toppling the Villafuerte political clan.


Talking about her achievements as a first-timer congresswoman, Robredo was able to pass the following legislation:


  1. The Extension of the Corporate Life of the Philippine Raiways Corp.
  2. The Tax Incentives Management and Transparency Act
  3. The Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act


Furthermore, Robredo also drafted her own version of the freedom of information bill, which is currently pending in Congress.


When her husband was still a mayor in Naga City, Robredo served as human rights lawyer for Saligan, a body of lawyers for marginalized sectors.


Initially, Robredo intends to run for senator in the May 9 National Election but she was later convinced to be the running mate of Liberal Party – bearer Mar Roxas;


During the initial canvassing of votes, Robredo has the lowest votes until she rose to statistical tie with Marcos who was then leading the poll.


Fortunately, after all votes has been casted, she won the vice presidency through votes from her hometown in Bicol, which stood out against the solid votes for Marcos of Northern Luzon.


Robredo’s win isn’t that easy as it seems. After the news about Robredo’s lead broke, Marcos started to decry, claiming massive cheating and automated fraud from Robredo’s camp. Nevertheless, it is not yet clear whether Marcos would appeal or would simply accept his defeat.

Aizelle Joe