SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
27 May 2022 05:04:48 PM
Following the proclamation by Congress of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio as the duly-elected winners in the May 9, 2022 general elections, the House of Representatives on Friday morning turned over to the Senate all 630 ballot boxes containing the Election Returns and Certificates of Canvass (COCs) that were used in the canvassing of votes for candidates to the two highest positions in the country. The ballot boxes were turned over by the House through Plenary Security Unit Chief Policarpio Acoba Jr. and Perimeter Security Chief Juanito Tan, Jr. to the Senate Team led by Ronel Manalo of the Senate Office of Sergeant-at-Arms (OSAA) Security Enforcement Service. A total of 447 ballot boxes contained ERs, while 183 contained COCs. Three additional ballot boxes from the Senate, which were not in the original list of ballot boxes received by the House during the canvassing last May 24 and 25, were also turned over to the Senate Team. Acoba said the turnover process was smooth and orderly. “Madali naman kasi systematic naman yung proseso ng paglabas (ng ballot boxes) kasi by number naman po yun. Ang importante, nag tally yung numbers na dapat dinala dito at saka yung inilabas. Ganun din po yung sa ERs. In-arrange po namin by region ang loading para pagdating doon di magulo, pag nakita nilang by region,” Acoba said. He said the loading of the ballot boxes to the four military trucks started at 9:30am and lasted for over an hour. Acoba said they feel honored for being part of the canvassing process up to the proclamation of the President and Vice President. "Sa amin ay memorable ang activity na ito, Pagdating ng araw pwede naming ikwento doon sa mga bata na during this time, naging part kami nyan hanggang sa 2022 canvassing and proclamation of the President,” he said. Acoba said the event was a joint effort of the House Engineering and Physical Facilities Department (EPFD), the Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms (OSAA), Legislative Security Bureau (LSB), the Inter-Parliamentary and Public Affairs Department (IPAD) and the Senate. Likewise, Manalo said the retrieval process for the ballot boxes was smooth. “Smooth siya ngayon, di siya masyadong mabusisi . Ang counting namin is by ballot boxes. Hindi na siya by sequence. (Dati) Yung pag turnover dito galing sa Senate chini-check pa nila ung serial numbers, kung ilan ang padlock. Unlike today, (ang chineck) kung ilan lang po by ballot boxes,” he said. The turnover was also witnessed by IPAD Deputy Secretary-General Atty. Gracelda Andres. After the canvassing last Wednesday, Senate President Vicente Sotto III directed the Senate Secretary to turn over the Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS) machine and return all the ballot boxes, as well as the pouches containing the COCs and ERs to the COMELEC.