MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippine Vice Presidential Contest between the top two candidates Leni Robredo and Bongbong Marcos remains too close to call. The final tally will not be known until Congress, acting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) undertakes and completes its official count.
The tight race between Marcos and Robredo has been marked by allegations of vote-buying and cheating as well as doubts on the integrity of the Commission on Elections’ (COMELEC) automated voting.
In the interest of national unity and healing, both Robredo and Marcos have agreed to settle the dispute through a coin toss.
COMELEC rules (Resolution No. 183) allows candidates to draw lots to resolve an electoral contest that ends in a tie.
As a matter of fact, one contest was resolved through a coin toss when two mayoral candidates in the town of Bocaue, Bulacan, ended up in a tie. Each received 16, 694 votes. The municipal board of canvassers conducted the coin toss which was won by Eleanor Villanueva. The losing candidate was Jim Valerio.
Although Robredo, as of the latest unofficial count, was leading Marcos by some 200,000 votes, both VP candidates agreed to a coin toss so that the country can “move on.”