Congress concludes canvassing of votes for prexy, VP

The Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) has concluded the canvassing of votes for president and vice president on Wednesday, 25 May.,On the second day of the canvassing votes for the top two highest government positions, the NBOC declared the joint session terminated after canvassing a total of 171 out of 173 total certificates of canvass (COCs).,Cavite Rep. Boying Remulla recommended concluding the canvassing without the votes from overseas absentee voters of Argentina and Syria.,Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, the co-chairman of the joint canvassing committee said he does not want to “disenfranchise” the votes of Filipinos in foreign countries.,However, Zubiri said that the votes from the two countries would not change the results of the election.,House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, co-chairman of the joint canvassing committee, agreed to terminate the joint session.,The NBOC was tasked to provide the draft of the joint committee report for consideration and approval of the joint committee.,The report shall be approved and signed by a majority of the members of the Joint Committee. Each panel will vote separately.,After which, the report shall be submitted to the joint public session for consideration and approval. A majority of senators and House members, voting separately, shall approve the report and adopt the resolution of both chambers proclaiming the duly elected President and Vice President.,Upon adoption of the resolution of both houses, the Speaker and the Senate President shall proclaim the President-elect and the Vice President-elect.