Noynoy leads Comelec tally; Binay, Roxas in close race
MANILA, Philippines (6th UPDATE) - Sen. Benigno Aquino III and Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay continue to lead in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) partial count of the votes for president and vice-president.
As of 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aquino had a 4.5-million lead over his closest rival, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino standard-bearer Joseph Estrada, based on the partial and unofficial tally of votes in 78.55% of 76,300 polling precincts nationwide.
On the other hand, Binay had a lead of around 800,000 votes over Liberal Party vice-presidential bet Mar Roxas, based on the updated figures.
|FOR PRESIDENT (AS OF 6:15 a.m.)|
|Benigno Aquino III||12,233,002||40.19%|
|Manuel Villar Jr.||4,329,215||14.22%|
|Gilbert Teodoro Jr.:||3,243,688||10.65%|
|JC de los Reyes||34,833||0.11%|
|FOR VICE PRESIDENT (AS OF 6:15 a.m.)|
In a press conference, Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said voter turnout for the country's first ever nationwide automated election was around 75%.
"Are we happy? We are all happy," Melo said in an apparent response to dire forecasts that the country's first automated polls would fail.
He added: "This seems to be a victory of the Filipino people, with God's help."