Miriam questions Leni's lead over Bongbong
Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) - May 11, 2016 - 1:20am

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago questioned the lead of Liberal Party's Leni Robredo over Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. in the vice presidential race.

"I find it astounding that Marcos should have led in the vice-presidential surveys for many months, until the penultimate month, when suddenly the administration could jump up survey results to finally overtake him," Santiago said in a statement released on Wednesday.

As of 3:15 p.m., Robredo is leading the partial unofficial tally of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) with 13,958,608 votes while Marcos is in the second place with 13,726,880 votes.

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Santiago compared the vice presidential race to a "garrison state" where the "authoritarian government feels free to manufacture numbers as they are needed."

"This is an eventuality that will cause the peoples of the democratic world to shake their heads and question the values of the society it produced," Santiago said.

The camp of Marcos earlier asked the Comelec and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting to terminate its unofficial count of votes in the 2016 general elections.

Marcos campaign adviser Abakada Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz said that the unofficial count would lead to confusion and conflict with the official tally.

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, however, said that the poll body cannot address the cheating allegations of the Marcos camp against Robredo unless they can provide substantial evidence of fraud.

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