Statement of Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz, Campaign adviser of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr.

It is unfortunate that while the whole country was asleep the glitch in the canvassing occurred and from then on we saw a progression of so-called “updates” that showed an alarming and suspicious trend reducing our lead contrary to the results of independent exit polls and our own internal surveys.

As we speak we are sending an urgent request to the Comelec and the PPCRV to terminate the unofficial count, which now stands at 90.99%.

In the past, the unofficial count was designed not to be completed to avoid the possibility of confusion and conflict with the official one. There is no reason for this not to be the norm this time around.

Thus, although we are certain that if the unofficial count continues we will emerge victorious, we do not want the official canvass to be conducted by the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) pre-empted by the unofficial count.

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