SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Monday rallied his fellow lawmakers to exercise prudence and diligence as Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, gears up for the canvassing of votes cast and proclamation of the country’s next president and vice president.
“As Members of Congress, it is our constitutional mandate to receive and canvass the votes for the two highest leaders of our country - our next President and Vice President,” Velasco said.
“May we all undertake this task with a profound, and even critical, awareness that we are entrusted by the Filipino people with this duty to ensure that our choice of leaders is the legitimate expression of the will of our people,” he added.
Velasco made the appeal as he and Senate President Vicente Sotto III led the initialization of the Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS) for the electronic reception by Congress of certificates of canvass (CoCs) for the 2022 presidential and vice presidential elections.
“Today, as we perform the initialization of the CCS machine that will be used to receive the CoCs from the Provincial, City and District Board of Canvassers, I call on everyone to exercise prudence and diligence, so that we may ensure the integrity of our electoral process,” Velasco pointed out.
The House chief noted that “for the past two years, the Philippines, along with the rest of the world, has faced a global pandemic and the magnitude of its social and economic impacts.”
“The fact that we are all here today is proof that we are survivors, and this 2022, as we all settle into a better normal, we are ready to welcome a new leadership that will usher our nation towards much needed economic growth and recovery,” he stressed.
Also present during the initialization of the CSS machine were Senate Secretary Myra Villarica, House Secretary General Mark Llandro Mendoza, representatives from the Commission on Elections, House members, and other officials from both houses of Congress. #