Marcos 'seriously considering' filing electoral protest

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Sen. Bongbong Marcos (file photo)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — An allegedly high number of undervotes, faulty voting machines, and possible cheating in Mindanao.

These are some of the possible grounds for complaints that the camp of Sen. Bongbong Marcos is mulling to file after Congress wrapped up its tally of presidential and vice presidential votes early Friday evening.

Marcos' lawyer George Garcia said the senator was seriously considering filing an electoral protest based on pieces of evidence they're gathering which would show 3 million "undervotes" — or those who did not vote for a vice president.

"We are now in the process of collecting affidavits," Garcia said. "For the information of the public, almost 30 CCS (canvassing and consolidation system) pina-pull out ng Comelec. Kinumpuni, pinalitan o ginawa sa Sta. Rosa plant (CCS were altered, replaced or all done at Sta. Rosa plant)."

However, filing an electoral case is costly.

Garcia said Marcos might have to spend between P30 million and P50 million — which he said was something to think about.

'Seesaw' VP race

After three consecutive days, the National Board of Canvassers completed the tally of 167 certificates of canvass (COCs) for the presidential and vice presidential elections — with Rodrigo Duterte and Leni Robredo emerging as winners.

Related: Official count: Duterte is new president, Robredo is vice president

The vice presidential race was a close fight — with Marcos and Robredo alternately leading the race.

But when the tally ended, Robredo was ahead of Marcos by 263,473 votes.

Sen. Koko Pimentel, who headed the Senate panel of the joint congressional committee, said things went on smoothly.

"But we could not have done it ourselves," Pimentel noted. "The lawyers were all cooperative. So I have to give credit to the candidates for having chosen very responsible lawyers to represent them."

Meanwhile, with the work done, lawmakers directed the secretaries-general of the Senate and House to make a report on the outcome of the canvassing.

On Monday, the joint session of Congress will reconvene at 2 p.m. for the proclamation of the president and vice president.

CNN Philippines' Joyce Ilas contributed to this report.