Villar, wife Cynthia cast vote in Las Pinas City

May 10, 2010 8:08 pm 

MANILA, May 10 -– Senator Manuel ‘Manny’ Villar Jr. has expressed mixed feelings moments after he and wife congresswoman Cynthia Villar cast their votes at the covered court of STI along Abel Nosce St. inside the BF Resort Village in Las Pinas City.

The 60-year-old standard-bearer of the Nacionalista party arrived at the polling precincts at exactly 10:00 a.m. and used the line for senior citizens to reach the precinct no. 222 which was crowded by members of the local and international media covering the country’s first automated elections.

Amid flashes and lights of cameras and videos, Villar flickered a big smile after his ballot has been successfully loaded by the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine.

”Finally, it’s over. At least, I can relax now. Now we will be able to know what is the decision of the millions of voters,” Villar said in a press conference after casting his vote.

Saying he did his best during the 90-day campaign period, Villar said he is optimistic and relax but ready to accept whatever is the verdict of over 50 million Filipino voters.

”For me, I did my best and I believe that we will win but whatever happens, we are all ready,” the former House speaker and Senate president said.

Villar’s 86-year-old mother Curita Samba-Villar cast her vote ahead of his son with the help of one of her children at the same precinct.

The three children of Villar: Paolo, Mark and Camille have to endure long line of voters under the scorching heat of the sun. Mark is seeking congressional seat to be vacated by her mother.

Villar expressed hopes for the successful first automated elections despite reports of long queues and about problematic PCOS.

”I’m excited with our elections. I hope everything will be okay,” Villar said.

Villar said he will spend the next few days with his family.

"Now I will be with my family. Wherever I go, my family is with me," he said.

Almost teary-eyed, Villar thanked the members of the media specially those who covered his campaign sorties for the last three months. (PNA)



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