Twenty hours have passed since national polling precincts closed, after which, the counting of our votes immediately took place.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte looks to seal the deal in what has been a whirlwind run to the presidency. We've come to terms with the fact that our senatorial slate remains a mixed bag of hits and misses, with the twelve-strong list ranging from sterling leaders (Gordon) and immovable tenants (Drilon), to boxers (Pacquiao) and law-women (De Lima). Alma Moreno (real name Vanessa Lacsamana) has the 24th spot with 2.2 million votes. The drama has passed in these races.
However, the same cannot be said about the vice presidential race. Here's a screen-cap of the partial and unofficial results as of 11:40 a.m. You can check out the live results here.
It's tight. With just 10 percent of untallied numbers remaining and with Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo holding a 182,000-vote lead over Senator Bongbong Marcos, this is bound to be a photofinish.
Naturally, the close fight has drawn crowds. Robredo's supporters have banded under #LabanLeni while the Marcos loyalists have found social media solidarity under #BBM4VP. Below are a sample of the opinions and barbs you'll find from these hashtags:
Both camps have been sending their intentions to the skies above:
Thank you for not losing hope, we need to Pray ?????????? #BBM4VP— Vincent Marcos (@vincentmarcos7) May 10, 2016
When tallying began, Marcos took the early lead and maintained it for a good amount of time. But Robredo had not been far behind. Slowly, her side of the blackboard started getting more chalk. At 4:20 a.m., ABS-CBN reported that Robredo finally overtook Marcos.
Team #BBM4VP rose up, with some of them crying foul.
i am not a BBM supporter. But he is obviously being cheated. #BBM4VP— theodore (@Djsugiyamaa) May 10, 2016
People say we should respect the result.— love you. (@asdfghjxxl) May 10, 2016
But what if the results aren't right? If its cheating. Its not respectable. #BBM4VP
I feel sorry for the LP???? can't win without cheating? Why don't you just accept the fact that a lot of Filipinos are rooting for BBM ????#BBM4VP— F I A (@piyaye1234) May 10, 2016
They can't cheat on the presidential votes so they just focus on the vice presidential ones. How pathetic???? #BBM4VP— Emsi (@M_CrisG) May 10, 2016
The other camp has had some pretty entertaining reactions to the cheating claims.
"Natulog lang kami, dinaya na" oh sorry, u should've told them before you slept to stop counting then resume when you're awake #LabanLeni— Charlie Roque (@GoodCharllotte) May 10, 2016
To BBM supporters,wen u were leading,did we cry over foul? No. We prayed 2geder.U shud try it too,instead of accusing of cheating #LabanLeni— P R I N C E (@Prince_Sipe) May 10, 2016
Dear BBM supporters. When u were leading thousands, did we cry over foul? No. We prayed and stuck together. You shld try it too. #LabanLeni— Alexa Bermas ?? (@SuperAleeexxx) May 10, 2016
The arguments went beyond the cheating accusations, such as this one:
We do not need a woman who just gained popularity when his husband died. We need a man who truly deserve to rule the nation #BBM4VP— Franko Hilario ?? (@iamfranko_) May 10, 2016
IT'S BETTER TO HAVE A DICTATORIAL LEADER THAN A DEMOCRATIC LEADER THAT STOLE MONEY FROM THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY #BBM4VP— Queen (@Xindi_BUTS) May 10, 2016
One key talking point amongst Bongbong supporters is that the son must not be judged by the deeds of his father:
We are promoting BBM 'coz he precisely deserves the position and it's obvious that HE AND HIS FATHER are totally a different person #BBM4VP— Bea Magtalas (@beamagtalas) May 10, 2016
To which, the #LabanLeni supporters have an answer too:
Before the day is over, all votes will have been tallied. In the meantime, we'll sit back and look at the ongoing battles between the Marcos and Robredo supporters on Twitter. Who'll come out on top? What will the supporters say when all's said and done? Keep checking out these trending hashtags to find out.