By Ferdinand Patinio and Filane Mikee Cervantes
Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (PNA photo by Robinson Niñal Jr.)
MANILA – Presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. thanked his supporters late Monday evening as he led the partial and unofficial results of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) transparency server with nearly 30 million votes.
Though he is leading by a big margin against his closest rival, Vice President Leni Robredo, based on partial unofficial count of votes, Marcos urged Filipinos to continue to remain vigilant and protect their votes.
“Ngunit kahit hindi pa tapos nga ang pagbibilang, hindi makapag-antay ang aking pasasalamat sa inyong lahat. Ang aking pasasalamat sa lahat ng tumulong, sa lahat ng sumapi sa aming ipinaglaban, sa inyong sakripisyo, sa inyong trabaho at sa binigay ninyo sa amin na oras, na kakayahan, ng sipag (Even though the counting of votes is not yet over, I cannot wait to express my gratitude to all of you. I am grateful to everyone who helped and joined our fight, as well as for your sacrifices, work, time, skills, and hard work to us),” Marcos said at his campaign headquarters in Mandaluyong City.
Marcos said there were a lot of volunteers, groups, and political leaders who have helped his candidacy and believed in the UniTeam alliance’s campaign of unity with his running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte — who is also leading the polls by a huge margin.
“I want to thank you for all that you have done for us. There are thousands of you out there: volunteers, parallel groups, political leaders that have…that cast their lot with us, because of their belief in our message of unity, because of their belief in the candidate, in the Marcos-Duterte tandem,” he said.
The partial and unofficial results as of May 10, 2022, at 6:17 a.m. showed that Marcos has received over 30 million votes with 95.52 percent of the precincts reporting. Marcos has already surpassed President Rodrigo Duterte’s winning numbers of over 16 million votes in 2016.
“If I’ll be elected, I hope your assistance will not fade, and also your trust. We still have much to do,” Marcos said.
On Monday, millions of Filipinos cast their votes to elect the country’s new leaders including the president, vice president, senators and party-list groups. (PNA)