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Marcos Jr. asks that unofficial VP vote count be halted

  • Philippine vice presidential candidate Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo, gestures during a press conference in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Robredo is slightly ahead against Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son of the late strongman, during the unofficial count of votes for the vice president. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Philippine vice presidential candidate Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo, gestures during a press conference in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Robredo is slightly ahead against Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son of the late strongman, during the unofficial count of votes for the vice president. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philippine vice presidential candidate Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo smiles as she talks to reporters during a press conference in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Robredo is slightly ahead against Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son of the late strongman, during the unofficial count of votes for the vice president. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Philippine vice presidential candidate Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo smiles as she talks to reporters during a press conference in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Robredo is slightly ahead against Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son of the late strongman, during the unofficial count of votes for the vice president. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philippine vice presidential candidate Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo, center right, is hugged by a supporter in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Robredo is slightly ahead of Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son of the late strongman, in the unofficial count of votes for the vice president. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Philippine vice presidential candidate Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo, center right, is hugged by a supporter in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Robredo is slightly ahead of Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son of the late strongman, in the unofficial count of votes for the vice president. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)  (The Associated Press)

The son of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who is running for vice president, has asked for a stop to an unofficial vote count that shows his rival has overtaken him.

Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s adviser Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz said Tuesday the campaign had sent an urgent request to the election commission to halt a tally released by an accredited citizens' group, saying the numbers showed "an alarming and suspicious trend" that was contrary to independent exit polls.

Leni Robredo is competing against him.

Official results won't be released for at least another two weeks.

If Marcos wins, that would put him a step away from the presidency 30 years after his father was ousted by a public uprising amid allegations of plunder.