Villafuerte lauds Comelec fast count, calls for unity, support behind BBM

Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte has lauded the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the speedy transmittal of voting results of the May 9 polls that has buttressed the credibility of a presidential elections that will apparently make President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr.  the first-ever, post-EDSA candidate who has won by a clear majority of Filipinos who had cast their votes. 

“While there were isolated cases of poll-day hitches, the conduct of this year’s national and local elections was generally faster and more efficient than in past computerized polls, leading to a highly credible balloting that has settled without doubt the victory of a presidential candidate who a majority of Filipino voters want to lead our country back to its path of high and inclusive growth, following the double whammy of the Covid-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” Villafuerte said.

He added: “The generally peaceful and orderly elections plus the subsequent speedy transmittal of the voting results have helped prop up the resounding win of BBM who has won by an unprecedented 31 million-plus votes or an overwhelming lead of at least 16 million votes over his rivals for the presidency.”

“The outcome of the latest elections prove that the three key elements of success are preparation, preparation and preparation,” said Villafuerte in reference to the Comelec’s own claim that the speedy pace of the quick count was a result of the poll watchdog’s preparations, including the holding of VCM (vote counting machine) stress tests, repair of transmission ports and early procurement of data centers. 

In CamSur, for instance, the relatively faster quick count has enabled the Comelec to proclaim within 24 hours of the end of voting many of the candidates, including Villafuerte, who was reelected congressman in the second district; three-term Gov. Miguel Luis “Migz” Villafuerte who was elected as House representative for the 5th district, and young entrepreneur Vincenzo Renato “Luigi” Villafuerte as governor.  

Hence, Villafuerte appealed for national unity following the highly polarized May 9 balloting and called on all Filipinos to rally behind the presumptive President-elect “who is the clear choice of a majority of our voters. All of us have more reason to support the next Philippine leader, given that he is apparently the first contender in a post-EDSA presidential contest who has won by a clear majority of those who had actually voted. In contrast, all past post-EDSA Presidents only won by a plurality of the votes cast.”