Roxas' camp remains optimistic despite lagging in initial election results

May 10, 2016 5:14 am 

By Cielito M. Reganit

MANILA, May 9 (PNA) — The camp of Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas remained optimistic despite their candidate's lagging at third place in early partial and unofficial results coming from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) transparency server as of Monday evening.

Partial and unofficial results as of 7:30 p.m., with 49.45 percent of total precincts counted, showed that presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was holding a commanding lead with 9,039,612 votes.

In second place was Senator Grace Poe with 5,141,531 votes, followed closely by Roxas with 4,971,982 votes.

Vice President Jejomar Binay was at fourth place with 3,054,047 votes.

Daang Matuwid Coalition spokesperson Rep. Barry Gutierrez said that although they were obviously discouraged with the initial results, he pointed out that the full tally has yet to come.

“We remain optimistic. We haven’t reached 50 percent yet so there’s still time to actually make up for the ground that we have to cover. We will continue to monitor the results as they come in,” he said during a press briefing at the Daang Matuwid headquarters in Quezon City.

He said that the lack of information on what precincts were actually tallied was also confounding their interpretation of the poll count.

“For all we know, the early lead could be coming from the fact that the precincts counted were from their bailiwicks,” he said.

“We will wait and see what happens as the night rolls on. We remain committed to see this fight to the end,” Gutierrez said.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez said that they are happy with the strong showing of Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo who is in a close race with Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. for the vice presidency.

In the same poll results, Marcos had 8,383,979 votes while Robredo had 7,533,520 votes.

Lagging far at third was Senator Alan Peter Cayetano with 3,165,691 votes, while Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero had 2,671,881 votes. (PNA)

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