Elec­tion count gets un­der way

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The Philip­pine Congress has started the of­fi­cial count of votes cast in the May 9 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, though con­fir­ma­tion of Ro­drigo Duterte’s ap­par­ent vic­tory may be slowed by dis­putes in the more closely fought vice pres­i­den­tial race. Duterte, the 71-year-old mayor of south­ern Davao city, ex­ceeded his clos­est ri­val by more than 6 mil­lion votes in an un­of­fi­cial tally. All four ri­vals have con­ceded de­feat to Duterte, who has said there was no ma­jor ir­reg­u­lar­ity in the polls. The un­of­fi­cial tally of votes cast in the vice pres­i­den­tial con­test showed Leni Ro­bredo lead­ing by more than 200,000 votes. How­ever, ri­val Fer­di­nand Mar­cos Jr has dis­puted that nearly com­plete tally based on al­leged elec­tions ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

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