MANILA – Malacañang has expressed confidence on the expeditious and impartial canvassing of votes for president and vice president by the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC).
The House of Representatives, which will resume sessions on Monday following a three-month break, and the Senate are scheduled to meet on May 24 to form the NBOC, which is tasked to proclaim the country’s new president and vice president.
The canvassing will be held on May 25.
“Tiwala ang pamahalaan na gagampanan ng Kongreso bilang National Board of Canvassers ang kanilang tungkulin na tiyaking maging maayos, mabilis, patas at may integridad ang isasagawang canvassing ng mga boto para sa pangulo at pangalawang pangulo,” said Coloma during an interview over Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday.
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The Palace official also noted the assurance given by the leadership of both chambers.
“Sa ating natunghayang pahayag ng liderato ng Senado at Kamara de Representantes, nagpahayag sila ng kahandaan na tapusin sa takdang panahon ang canvassing para sa agarang paghayag o pag-proklama ng mga nagwaging kandidato,” said Coloma.
Meanwhile, Coloma said there are no bills needing certification of urgency to be passed in Congress.
Coloma quoted Presidential Legislative Liaison Office Undersecretary Bernardito Sayo as saying that “No certification of urgency may be needed because most of the significant measures are already lined up for third reading and we may not have the time to finish floor deliberations on those that will be brought to the floor for the first time.”