Marcos to attend proclamation, Duterte unsure

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 25) — Presumptive president Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. will surely attend the proclamation ceremony slated by Congress on Wednesday afternoon.

"He will attend. We're looking at around 4 p.m., between 4 to 6 p.m. probably that the canvassing will be completed and that president-elect Bongbong and vice president-elect Inday Sara Duterte will be officially declared the winners and proclaimed by the joint houses of Congress," Marcos' spokesperson Atty. Vic Rodriguez said on Wednesday.

The proclamation ceremony is expected around 5 p.m.

Duterte's attendance, however, remains unsure. Her spokesperson said she has made commitments in Visayas.

"She will endeavor to attend the proclamation and exert her best efforts to make it on time to Manila," Liloan Mayor Christina Frasco said.

Ako-Bicol Party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin, member of the House contingent of the bicameral panel, told CNN Philippines' The Source on Wednesday that it is still likely for Duterte to appear in the plenary, citing House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, a close friend of the presidential daughter.

"Yun po ang aking (That was my) personal knowledge, it was conveyed to me by some of the leadership of the House of Representatives, especially Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, ang sabi niya mag-aappear daw si presumptive Vice President Sara Duterte (he said presumptive Vice President Sara Duterte will come)," Garbin said.

The Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, has canvassed 105 out of 173 certificates of canvass as of Tuesday. The lawmakers convened as the joint canvassing committee at 9 a.m. Wednesday to resume the official tally of votes from 68 COCs, including the ones from the special elections in Lanao del Sur.

The canvassing of the remaining COCs is expected to be quick because the lawyers of presidential bets Vice President Leni Robredo and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno had no objection to the inclusion of all COCs in the official tally of votes.

Garbin said after the canvassing, the House and Senate panel will be given at least 15 minutes to report their general findings and assessment, before they proceed with the proclamation.

Marcos and Duterte are the presumed winners of the presidential and vice presidential races, respectively, based on the unofficial count of the Commission on Elections.