Congress in a joint session on Monday afternoon officially proclaimed Rodrigo Duterte and Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo as the new President and Vice President of the Philippines, respectively.
But Duterte, who is in Davao City, did not show up as expected. His lawyers attended the proclamation on his behalf.
The Senate and the House of Representatives, which sat as the National Board of Canvassers, convened at 3:10 p.m. and approved the joint canvassing committee report and resolution of both chambers on the proclamation of the duly elected winners.
In his sponsorship speech, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III of the Senate canvassing panel thanked his colleagues for an “efficient and expeditious” canvassing of 167 certificates of canvass in a “record speed” of three days, which he said was the shortest in Philippine history. House Majority Floor Leader Mandaluyong Rep. Neptali Gonzales II delivered the sponsorship speech for the House of Representatives.
Duterte and Robredo’s proclamation came only three days after Congress finished the actual canvassing of votes for President and Vice President.
Duterte won the presidency in the Congress’ official count with 16,601,997 votes, or more than six million votes ahead of second placer Liberal Party candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.
Robredo beat her closest rival Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. by 263,473 votes in a hotly contested vice presidential race. Alleging poll fraud, the son and namesake of the late dictator was mulling to file an electoral protest.