Senate adopts reso on joint canvassing of votes

It’s all systems go for the canvassing of votes cast for the presidential and vice-presidential elections after the Senate adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 18 which allows the Senate and House of Representatives to convene and tally votes. , ,During the resumption of session on Monday, senators approved the measure which calls for Congress to hold a joint session as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) starting 23 May, 2022. , ,The resolution also allows the NBOC to proclaim the president-elect and vice president-elect, which Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III earlier said before the end of the month. , ,The House of Representatives also adopted the House Concurrent Resolution No. 26, which also authorizes both houses to convene as NBOC and proclaim the winners in the recently concluded presidential and vice-presidential elections., ,Earlier in the day, the ballot boxes containing Certificates of Canvass (COCs) and Election Returns (ERs) were transferred from the Senate in Pasay City to the House of Representatives in Quezon City. , ,The ballot boxes were transported by 11 6×6 armored trucks and two armored personnel carriers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. , ,As of the latest count, 90.17 percent or 156 of the total 173 COCs have been delivered to the Senate.