Jejomar Binay says he doesn't like the word "concede"
He currently ranks fourth based on the latest election results.
(SPOT.ph) Vice President Jejomar Binay will wait it out until the official vote counting process is finished before he accepts defeat despite the insurmountable gap between him and election frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte.
“Ayaw kong gamitin ‘yong salitang concede. Hihintayin na lang hanggang matapos ‘yong electoral process,” he told GMA News.
Binay also expressed disbelief in his apparently poor performance in the vote-rich province of Cebu which was among the areas he focused his campaign on, the Inquirer reported.
“I only got 69,000 votes [in Cebu] but I was always with a lot of people. I shook the hands of at least 100,000 people,” he said while comparing himself to Duterte who got over 700,000 votes.
Binay said that he might file an election protest since he claims there were a lot of irregularities during the elections involving faulty vote counting machines that probably affected the votes.
Only Binay and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago have yet to formally concede to Duterte in the presidential race. Santiago released a statement via her Facebook page on Wednesday, May 11 telling supporters "cheer up," adding "Ganiyan lang talaga ang buhay. The night is darkest just before the sun rises." Aministration bet Mar Roxas and Sen. Grace Poe who rank at second and third, respectively have already conceded and sent their congratulations to Duterte.
Duterte currently enjoys a landslide lead with 15,895,000 votes. He is followed by Roxas with 9,666,554 votes and Poe with 8,916,876 votes. Binay stands firm at fourth with 5,305,662 votes while Santiago only got 1,419,553 votes based on GMA’s election mirror server as of 9:45 a.m. today, May 12.