Sen. Benigno Aquino III is holding a significant lead in the presidential race of the first ever automated national and local elections held yesterday.
As of 00:50 Philippine Standard Time today, partial official results from poll body Commission on Elections (Comelec) show that Aquino got 10,137,173 votes. This is about 40 percent of the actual number of Filipinos who took part in the elections. Former President Joseph Estrada, Aquino’s closest rival, got 6,413,712 votes, while Sen. Manny Villar ranked third. Administration bet Gilberto Teodoro had 2,660,865 votes. At the time of writing, Villar, Teodoro, and two other presidential candidates already accepted defeat and congratulated the son of democracy icon Corazon Aquino.
In the vice-presidential race, Mayor Jejomar Binay takes the lead with 10,072,980 votes, followed closely by Sen. Manuel Roxas with 9,239,205.
Comelec estimated that the turnout would be about 80 percent or 40 million registered voters. Though the May 10 elections were marred by problems in PCOS (precinct count optical scan) machines, the poll automation proved to be an efficient process in delivering results. Filipinos were able to determine their new officials a day after the elections, compared to several days of waiting in the manual polls. Also, officials from the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines said the elections were “generally peaceful”.
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