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.