As nationwide election returns continue to be transmitted, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. continues to amass votes to further solidify an insurmountable lead in the presidential race.
This comes as the partial and unofficial results as of 4:17 PM of May 10, 2022, which represents 97.93 percent or 105,552 of 107,785 Election Returns of the Nationwide Election Returns, equivalent to 54,995,651 of 67,442,616 registered voters was released.
Presumptive president Bongbong Marcos is currently running away with the lead, with 30,993,431 votes, followed by Vice President Leni Robredo with 14,775,449.
Other notable presidential candidates Senator Manny Pacquiao has 3,620,974, Manila Mayor Fransisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso with 1,882,128, and Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson with 879,968.
Lacson has since tweeted about “going home,” and serving his family for a change.
“I’m going home. After being away too long looking after the needs of other people, it is time to serve my family for a change,” Lacson said Tuesday morning.
“Enjoying peace and quiet in these challenging times will probably be my life’s greatest reward,” his added tweet read.
It is not yet clear if this signifies Lacson conceding from the race for the presidency.
For the vice-presidential race, Davao Mayor and Marcos Jr. running mate Sara “Inday Sara” Duterte-Carpio also continues to amass votes, with 31,435,335 votes. Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan comes a distant second, with 9,203,934. Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III comes in at third with 8,167,120 votes.
Lacson’s running mate Tito Sotto has since conceded to Duterte-Carpio. The senate president released a statement acknowledging his defeat, saying “The people have made their choice. I accept the will of the people. Godspeed to our new President and Vice President.”
“We presented an alternative for a better system in governance and politics but the electorate had their minds conditioned elsewhere,” Sotto added. (GFB)