Leading PH bets concedes to Marcos Jr. except VP Leni Robredo

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Filipinos had different reactions when the Commission on Elections released its partial and unofficial count of the election results. The presidential frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has topped the list with over 31 million votes, which international media now labels a “landslide win.”

Less than three hours after the release of the initial results, Marcos Jr. delivered his address to the nation.” While he recognized that the vote count is not yet final, he already expressed his gratitude to those who supported him.

While Votes from across the country are still being completed and poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) is still encoding the election returns for more accurate results. Leading presidential candidates have also released a concession speech, except for Vice President Leni Robredo.

Leni Robredo

On May 10, VP Leni declared a message for her supporters. She gave thanks and addressed the reactions of her “kakampinks” on placing second in the partial results, ‘Alam kong hindi madaling tanggapin sa inyo ang mga numerong lumalabas sa quick count. Hindi lang panghihinayang, kundi malinaw na pagkadismaya ang nararamdaman ng ating hanay.

VP Leni added that nothing was wasted and her goal in helping those in need will still push through. She said, ‘Hindi pa tayo tapos. Nagsisimula pa lang tayo… Wala akong planong abandonahin ang mga bagay na habambuhay ko nang ipinaglalaban. Tuloy ang trabaho ko para iangat ang buhay ng mga nasa laylayan.’

‘Tandaan natin: Nangyayari ang halalan kada tatlong taon,’ she continued. ‘Sa pagitan nito, asahan na ninyo na marami tayong kakailanganing ipaglaban.’

Manny Pacquiao

A day after the initial results were posted, Sen. Manny Pacquiao conceded and posted a video statement on Facebook. He started by saying that the elections are over, and asked to give “unity” a chance for the country’s peace and progress. He added, ‘My decision to run was driven by my utmost desire to serve the country and uplift the lives of poor Filipinos.’

‘Bilang isang boxer at atleta marunong akong tumanggap ng pagkatalo,’ he added. ‘Sana lang kahit talo ako sa laban na ito panalo pa rin ang mga kapwa ko Pilipino, ‘yung mga naghihirap.’

Pacquiao highlighted that his mission to help Filipinos will continue through the Manny Pacquiao foundation. He also said that he won’t give up on serving the people and those who are in need.

Isko Moreno

On May 10, outgoing Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said that he will soon be “Citizen Isko” as he says goodbye to the “Yorme” life and formally conceded the Presidential race. He said that the Filipinos won since democracy is still present in the country. He then gave his appreciation to everyone who supported his campaign.

Moreno, who branded himself as an ‘alternative’ to the ‘reds and yellow-pinks’, said, ‘Mayroon na pong pinili ang taumbayan… Sa kasalukuyan ay nais kong batiin si dating Senador Ferdinand Marcos sa kanyang pangunguna at patuloy na pangunguna… Congratulations po sa inyo.’

The outgoing mayor placed fourth in the initial results. He added, ‘Hindi po magtatagumpay ang susunod na administrasyon ‘pag patuloy po ang ating hinagpis, kalungkutan, o maaring baka mayroon pa tayong sama ng loob. Kailangan natin magkaisa, tulungan ang bagong pinili ng ating mga kababayan.’

Ping Lacson

Without officially saying that he concedes, Sen. Ping Lacson posted a Tweet early in the morning on May 10. This post seemingly serves as a message of acceptance of defeat as he landed in the fifth spot during the unofficial count.

Lacson shared he is looking forward to going home and enjoying a moment filled with “peace and quiet”.  He wrote, ‘After being away too long looking after the needs of other people, it is time to serve my family for a change.’ 

Ka Leody De Guzman

Labor leader Ka Leody De Guzman conceded after remaining at the 8th spot during the initial results. Speaking with One News, he said, ‘Ako ay nananawagan at nagpapasalamat sa aking mga supporter na hindi bumitaw sa pagsuporta sa akin.’

De Guzman also reiterated his call to increase the national minimum wage to P750, end the labor-only contracting rules, and land-grabbing issues in the country. He also urged COMELEC to explain the irregularities, like the consistent ratio of votes between Marcos Jr. and VP Leni.

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