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CONGRESS on Mon­day pro­claimed Davao City Mayor Ro­drigo R. Duterte and Lib­eral Party Rep. Maria Leonor G. Ro­bredo of Camarines Sur as the coun­try’s duly elected pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent, re­spec­tively.

House Speaker Feli­ciano R. Bel­monte Jr. and Se­nate Pres­i­dent Franklin M. Drilon said mem­bers of Congress have unan­i­mously ap­proved in a joint ses­sion Res­o­lu­tion of Both Houses 1, sub­mit­ted by the Na­tional Board of Can­vassers ( NBOC), show­ing Duterte and Ro­bredo as win­ners in the May 9 na­tional elec­tions.

Duterte, who skipped the procla­ma­tion cer­e­monies, won by a land­slide 16,601,997 votes, while Ro­bredo gar­nered 14,418,817 votes. Duterte will be the 16th pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of the Philip­pines.


VICE-PRES­I­DEN­TIAL bet Sen. Fer­di­nand Bong­bong Mar­cos Jr.’s cam­paign ad­viser and Party-list Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz of Abakada, in a speech be­fore the ap­proval of the res­o­lu­tion, scored vote- count­ing ma­chines provider Smart­matic.

“Clearly, the sys­tem as we know it and as im­ple­mented in the past three au­to­mated elec­tions by the Com­elec [Commission on Elec­tions] and its tech­nol­ogy part­ner, a com­pany now known as ‘ Smart­magic,’ has been shown as li­able to out­side in­ter­fer­ence,” he said.

My bed is here. My room is here. My home is my com­fort zone. It’s im­por­tant that I can sleep and take a shower com­fort­ably.” —Duterte

“It is vul­ner­a­ble to rig­ging and ma­nip­u­la­tions. No less than for­mer Com­elec Chair­man Chris­tian S. Mon­sod has em­phat­i­cally noted that the con­cerns raised in the May elec­tions by lots of par­ties, in­clud­ing those who ran un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion party, have se­ri­ously dam­aged the in­tegrity of the en­tire au­to­mated elec­tion sys­tem [AES],” he said.

Ear­lier, Mar­cos filed be­fore the Manila City Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice crim­i­nal charges against Com­elec per­son­nel and tech­nol­ogy provider Smart­matic In­ter­na­tional for vi­o­la­tion of the Cy­ber­crime Pre­ven­tion Act.

The com­plaint al­leged that Smart­matic and some Com­elec per­son­nel il­le­gally ac­cessed the trans­parency server of the poll body to in­tro­duce a new script on the night of May 9 with­out proper au­tho­riza­tion.

Also, the Mar­cos camp filed be­fore the Com­elec charges of vi­o­la­tion of the au­to­mated elec­tion law against Smart­matic em­ployee Mar­lon Gar­cia, who was iden­ti­fied as the one re­spon­si­ble for in­tro­duc­ing a new script in the trans­parency server.

In his speech, de la Cruz said, “Let there be no doubt, while I strongly dis­agree with the NBOC’s count, I ac­cept it. I ac­cept with fi­nal­ity the count which was rat­i­fied by the joint ses­sion.” Mar­cos gar­nered a to­tal of 14,155,344.

Mean­while, a Bloomberg re­port quoted Duterte as say­ing that he plans to work each day from 1 p.m. un­til mid­night.

“I don’t care about your 8 - 5 p.m. sched­ule,” Duterte said at a press con­fer­ence in Davao City that be­gan around mid­night. “I’ll be sleep­ing by then. How can you make me work?”

Nor does he plan on giv­ing up the crea­ture com­forts of his home in Davao, where he has served as mayor for more than two decades.

The 71-year- old pres­i­dent- elect has vowed to catch a com­mer­cial flight to and from Manila each day un­til he ad­justs to life in the pres­i­den­tial palace.

Duterte in­di­cated that he planned to make the daily trip at least for the first few days of his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“My bed is here. My room is here. My home is my com­fort zone. It’s im­por­tant that I can sleep and take a shower com­fort­ably,” the Davao City mayor said.

Duterte has al­ready shown a fond­ness for un­usual work­ing prac­tices, in­clud­ing fre­quent latenight or early-morn­ing press brief­ings. Set to be sworn in on June 30, he has pledged to curb crime and cor­rup­tion, while con­tin­u­ing the eco­nomic poli­cies of out­go­ing Pres­i­dent Aquino.

Duterte said that one of his most im­por­tant tasks will be to pore over doc­u­ments in his study be­fore sign­ing them.

“Un­like oth­ers, I don’t like to sign them un­less I know what I’m sign­ing about. It would take time,” he said.


LIB­ERAL Party Rep. Maria Leonor G. Ro­bredo of Camarines Sur is pro­claimed Philip­pine vice pres­i­dent-elect by Se­nate Pres­i­dent Franklin M. Drilon (left), and House Speaker Feli­ciano R. Bel­monte Jr. at a cer­e­mony on May 30 at the Batasang Pam­bansa Com­plex in Que­zon City. Ro­bredo won over her clos­est ri­val Sen. Fer­di­nand R. Mar­cos Jr., who is pre­par­ing to file an elec­toral protest. Pres­i­dent-elect Ro­drigo R. Duterte did not show up for the procla­ma­tion cer­e­mony.

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