Robredo camp sees 'smooth' official canvass

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(L-R) Election lawyers Romulo Macalintal and Sixto Brillantes Jr.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The lead counsel of vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo says the ongoing official canvass for the two highest posts of the land has been running smoothly than he expected.

Lawyer Romulo Macalintal said on Thursday (May 26) that with the way things were going, he expected the counting to be finished by Saturday. And by early next week, a proclamation could be made.

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So far, there had been no fireworks between him and Sen. Bongbong Marcos' lead counsel, Sixto Brillantes Jr. — at least until Day 2 of the official tally at the House of Representatives. The two counsels are among the country's top luminaries when election laws are concerned.

"I was really expecting, what do you call a showdown, between Brillantes and Macalintal. Magkakaharap daw ulit kami and I was surprised na hindi siya dumating," Macalintal said.

[Translation: "They said there will be another Brillantes-Macalintal faceoff, but I was surprised he didn't show up."]

He said he was expecting Robredo's camp to question more certificates of canvass (COCs) and present evidence that would validly contest documents.

But he said the anticipated "issues" did not crop up.

Meanwhile, Macalintal said he hadn't spoken yet with Robredo regarding the day's developments — and the last time they saw each other was the day before at a Mass which their legal team requested to be held prior to the canvassing.

"It (Mass) spoke of the vision of leaders to serve and not to be served," Macalintal recounted.