Noynoy leads Comelec tally; Binay, Roxas in close race

Posted at 05/10/2010 10:31 PM | Updated as of 05/11/2010 8:26 AM

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%
Joseph Estrada 7,749,597 25.46%
Manuel Villar Jr. 4,329,215 14.22%
Gilbert Teodoro Jr.: 3,243,688 10.65%
Eddie Villanueva 916,543 3.01%
Richard Gordon 431,954 1.41%
Nicanor Perlas 42,205 0.13%
Jamby Madrigal 37,190 0.12%
JC de los Reyes 34,833 0.11%
FOR VICE PRESIDENT (AS OF 6:15 a.m.)
Jejomar Binay 12,025,429 39.51%
Manuel Roxas 11,213,563 36.84%
Loren Legarda 3,259,963 10.71%
Bayani Fernando 847,100 2.78%
Edu Manzano 593,653 1.95%
Perfecto Yasay 295,558 0.97%
Jay Sonza 50,722 0.16%
Dominador Chipeco 4,335 0.13%

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."