An outbreak of violence was reported in at least three areas in the country although technical glitches in the vote counting machines (VCMs) were the primary concern as Filipino voters trooped to polling precincts nationwide on Monday, May 9, according to reports on radio, television, and social media gathered by NewsCentral.PH.
Some incidents of ballots being coughed out by VCMs and paper jams were reported in clustered precincts in Sarangani, Capiz and Manila, Naga, where vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo experienced first-hand the breakdown of the VCM in her precinct, preventing her from voting.
The glitches resulted in long lines in the polling precincts, inconveniencing voters, including senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs).
In Taguig City, some voters who did not have biometrics were turned away, according to reports.
An area in Cebu was reported to have been given the wrong set of ballot boxes.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is expected to give an update of the election situation later in the day.
Meanwhile, at least nine people were killed in separate incidents in Cavite, Abra, and Maguindanao on Monday although police have yet to determine the motives behind the attacks.
More than 54 million Filipinos are expected to vote for new leaders who will serve over the next six years.
Former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is the frontrunner in the presidential race based on preelection surveys. He is followed by Senator Grace Poe, administration-backed Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
For vice president, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and administration candidate Leni Robredo are statistically tied for the top spot based on the same preelection surveys. They are followed by Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano, Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, and Antonio Trillanes IV.