Election count gets under way
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.