MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Filipinos have spoken. They have elected Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as their next president. As for vice president? They have elected TWO: Leni Robredo and Bongbong Marcos.
This unprecedented mandate became clear yesterday as both candidates claimed victory, apparently after being enlightened by Divine Providence. Robredo claimed victory after attending mass at the Ateneo University while Marcos made his own claim after attending services at Baclaran Church.
The vice presidential contest has been a nailbiter. It started with Marcos leading by almost 1,000 votes in the partial, unofficial canvassing of votes. Then, Robredo took over the lead and continues to be ahead by over 200,000 votes with 96% of precints reporting. It was clear that Marcos won the vote in his bailiwicks and Robredo did the same in hers. Marcos overwhelmingly won among overseas Filipino voters.
Because Filipinos are a peace-loving people constantly seeking for unity, they accepted both claims for victory, making the Philippines the only country in the world with two vice presidents.
It’s more fun in the Philippines!