Roxas: VP fight not over yet
Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party vice-presidential candidate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas on Tuesday said he is not giving up the fight for the second highest elective post in the country after trailing opposition bet Jejomar Binay in the vice-presidential tally by less than a million votes.
In a statement read by Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada, Roxas admitted that the fight between him and Binay was very tight. The latest Commission on Elections’ partial and official tally as of 3:57 p.m. showed Binay leading the race with 12,921,315 votes compared to Roxas’s 12,072,145 votes.
“Hangga’t hindi pa tapos ang bilangan, hindi pa tapos ang laban. (As long as the counting isn’t over, the fight isn’t over.) It is not for me, or anybody for that matter, to say if we’ve already lost, or if we will win in the end. It is up to the sovereign will of the people,” he said.
US, EU hail democratic milestone of Philippine polls
MANILA, Philippines – The United States and the European Union on Tuesday hailed the overall conduct of the Philippines’ first automated election and said it looked forward to working with the new leader of a key Asian ally.
The US Embassy in Manila said it sent 120 observers across the country “to witness Philippine democracy in action.”
“While there are always lessons to be learned, our overwhelming impression is that the Philippines has much to be proud of today. Philippine citizens served their nation by volunteering at the polls, exercising their right to vote, and taking every step necessary to ensure all ballots were counted,” the embassy said.
Via ABS-CBN News
Voters hope Aquino lives up to family name
MANILA, Philippines – Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, who looks set to be confirmed as Philippine president Tuesday, has ridden a wave of popular support not seen in the country since the “People Power” movement led by his parents.
Supporters are now hoping the 50-year-old bachelor, who had shied away from the limelight until deciding to run last year, will complete the family’s mission by tackling the poverty and corruption that have robbed the nation of its economic potential.
“It’s a well-deserved victory, the unfinished business of Ninoy and Cory (Aquino’s parents) will finally be completed,” said financial consultant Albert Gamboa.
Via ABS-CBN News