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COMELEC: Duterte takes lead with 15.1 million votes for president; Robredo seizes top spot for VP

Photo grabbed from Leni Robredo Facebook Page
Photo grabbed from Leni Robredo Facebook Page

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte maintained a big lead on Tuesday morning, May 10, in the partial unofficial Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Transparency Server with 15,118,220 votes for the presidential race.

In the partial unofficial vice presidential tabulation, Naga City Rep. Leni Robredo snatched the lead from top rival Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr..

This is based on the Latest partial and unofficial results from the Commission on Elections Transparency Server show that as of 8:30 a.m.,

Duterte is followed by administration bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas with 9,083,912 votes. On third place is Sen. Grace Poe with 8,469,038. Poe is the first presidential bet to concede to Duterte Monday night.

Vice Pres. Jejomar Binay has 5,022,443 votes and Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago with 1,361,005.

Meanwhile, it is a neck-and-neck race to the vice presidency. After leading for about 10 hours since the start of the vote count, Marcos now finds himself trailing closely behind Robredo who now has 13,212,058 votes. Marcos has 13,096,831 votes.

For getting an overwhelming lead in the May 9 presidential polls, PDP-LABAN standard bearer Duterte expressed his gratitude to supporters and campaign volunteers.

“I thank all my supporters, the volunteers – I was so elated with the warm reception I got all over the country, even in Luzon,” he said.

The tough-talking Duterte is poised to win the presidency after Sen. Grace Poe conceded.

Based on the partial, unofficial results from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting Tuesday morning, Duterte has netted 14,951,034 votes, or a wide margin of six million votes over his closest rival, Manuel “Mar” Roxas II with 8,964,087 votes.

Placing third is Poe, with 8,386,496 votes, followed by Jejomar Binay with 4,973,770 votes, and Miriam Defensor Santiago with 1,354,891 votes.

The results represent 88.57 percent of the nationwide election returns from the Commission on Elections.

Duterte also called on his rivals to set their disagreements aside and start working together for the country.

“I would like now reach my hand to my opponents and let us begin the process of healing,” he said. (Joel C. Atencio)

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