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Presidential bet and late dictator’s son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and running mate Sara Duterte are not leading the election race since the official counting of votes hasn’t started, contrary to a wrong claim by a YouTube user.

In a May 9 video, Showbiz Fanaticz falsely said the Marcos-Duterte tandem gained a lead of over a million votes over their rivals Vice President Leni Robredo and Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan. It bore the headline: “JUST IN: BONGBONG MARCOS at SARA DUTERTE MILYON NA ang LAMANG Kina VP LENI at KIKO [PANGILINAN]!”

While individual precincts will begin counting votes and transmitting results by 7 p.m. today, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioners, convening as the National Board of Canvassers, earlier today said it will not canvass and certify election returns until after it resumes session on May 10 at 1 p.m.

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