Article by AsiaPacificReport.nz
Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr claimed early leads in the presidential and vice-presidential contests, respectively, as the initial results began pouring in yesterday.
At 9pm last night with 64.92 percent of precincts reporting, “The Punisher” Duterte, a pre-election survey front-runner, was topping the poll with 11,272,062 votes.
In an earlier phone interview with Rappler, amid the transmission of votes, Duterte said he was not yet confident that he would win.
“Hanggang the last vote na hindi pa nabilang, I am not there until I’m there,” the mayor said. “Hindi ko naman kontrolado kung talagang manalo ako. I just keep quiet.“(Until the last vote has not been counted, I am not there until I’m there. The outcome of the presidential race is not in my hands. I just keep quiet.)
Duterte is followed by independent candidate Senator Grace Poe with 6,406,410 votes.
Administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II was closely behind Poe with 6,298,801.
United Nationalist Alliance (UNA)’s Vice-President Jejomar Binay (3,818,849 votes) and People’s Reform Party’s Miriam Defensor Santiago (1,164,571) were in 4th and 5th places, respectively.
- Elections live newsfeed via Rappler