Sen. Benigno Aquino III and Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay continue to lead in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) partial count of the votes for president and vice-president.
As of 6:15 am, Noynoy already had 12,233,002 votes while Erap is in far second with 7,749,597. On the other hand, LP vice presidential candidate Mar Roxas already has 11,213,563 to settle for second place against former Makati mayor, Jejomar Binay’s 12,025,429 votes.
In a press conference, Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said voter turnout for the country’s first ever nationwide automated election was around 75%.
“Are we happy? We are all happy,” Melo said in an apparent response to dire forecasts that the country’s first automated polls would fail.
He added: “This seems to be a victory of the Filipino people, with God’s help.”