BREAKING: Poe concedes presidency to Duterte
As of 12:12 AM this May 10, just minutes after the historic May 9 elections drew to a definite close for the presidential race, Partido Galing at Puso presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe concedes the presidency to Partido Demokratiko Pilipino - Lakas ng Bayan candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
The neophyte senator, who in the middle of the campaign season was a clear front runner, is expected to finish the race in third place, behind his closest rival former Secretary Mar Roxas. In Rappler's official results page for Elections 2016, as of 12:12 AM, Grace Poe finishes third with a vote count of 7,758,088 votes. Roxas is currently at second place, with a solid 8,113,225 lead, or a roughly 400,000 vote difference.
However, Duterte massively leads at more than 13 million votes. Earlier on President Aquino, though albeit too late, called for talks of unity against Mayor Duterte. Assuming 100% of either Mar Roxas' supporters or Grace Poe's supporters had given way to the other, the turnout of this year's elections might have turned out differently.
VP Race still on!
Meanwhile, the Liberal Party's champion for the vice presidency isn't kicking in the bucket just yet. In a contest that comes close to electing another Marcos into the government, Camarines Sur representative Leni Robredo is still hot on Senator Bongbong Marcos' heels with just a difference of 400,000 votes as of 12:12 AM. Leni, who hails from Camarines, is the front runner in the last survey conducted by national polling bodies.
According to the official website of the Comelec, the total number of election returns received is not yet fully completed. Of the 93,754 ERs expected to be sent, only 81,168 ERs have been received. This hairline election is one for the history books, as the ruling Liberal Party struggles to put in place at least one of their own into a position of power to continue the reforms of the current administration.
Bongbong, the son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, is dangerously close to the vice presidency. However, many of Leni's supporters have not lost faith just yet. Many are still hopeful that at the very least,the vice presidency is not in the hands of a dictator's son who only recently slightly apologized that abuses happened under his father's regime. Though, he downplayed that apology and chose to misdirect the discussion to infrastructure improvements during his father's term.
Solid North stays sturdy
According to Rappler's map, the percentage of votes belonging to Bongbong Marcos in the northern Luzon area is overwhelmingly strong. In Ilocos Norte, Marcos leads Leni in an crushing 96.8% of the votes. That's not all, neighboring regions Ilocos Sur, Abra, Apayao, and Cagayan, Marcos crushes Leni at least 78.9% (in Cagayan) and the most in Ilocos Sur at 93.2%. Marcos continues to dominate most of the Luzon region, except in Tarlac, where the Liberal Party's influence remains strong thanks in part of President Aquino's hometown.
Leni Robredo however, dominates in the Visayas and Mindanao areas. Leni leads a crushing counter blow to Marcos in her hometown as well, with an 85.7% lead against the dictator's son. In Capiz as well, Leni leads with a 73.3% over Bongbong's mere 13.1% vote share. In the rest of the yellow areas, she leads relatively safe margins to deny Marcos of a complete victory for the vice presidency. Chiz Escudero, a survey front runner in the early election period, was only able to win Sorsogon, Bicol with a 58.8% lead over Leni Robredo. Alan Peter Cayetano, the third placer, finishes first in Taguig with a 49.7% vote share over Marcos, while also taking in a few areas in Mindanao such as Iligan, Davao, Compostela Valley, and Butuan, Surigao Del Sur. Fringe candidate Antonio Trillanes IV and Gringo Honasan fail to win any major regions.