Roxas wishes Duterte success as he concedes in presidential race

MANILA, Philippines- Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas has raised the white flag in the 2016 presidential race on Tuesday, May 10 in front of his supporters in his campaign headquarters in Quezon City.

The administration bet has admitted defeat in the 2016 presidential race.
The administration bet has admitted defeat in the 2016 presidential race. PHOTO CREDIT: ABS-CBN News
Visibly emotional but calm, Roxas conceded defeat to the presumptive winner of the presidential election saying the results clearly point victory to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Although the two rivals had a series of heated exchange during the campaign period, he wished his toughest opponent success.

In his speech, he told his supporters: “Simulan na naten ang pagbuo sa minamahal nateng bansa. Galangin natin ang pasya ng ating kababayan. Ayon sa unofficial count, malinaw sa si Rodrigo Duterte ang magiging susunod na pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas. Digong, I wish you success.”

(Let’s start building our beloved country. Let’s respect the decision of our fellow countrymen. Based on the unofficial count, it is clear that Rodrigo Duterte will be the next president of the Republic of the Philippines.)

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Roxas was initially set to hold a media briefing at 11 a.m. but it was postponed at 1 p.m. after meeting with vice presidential frontrunner and running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.

He also urged supporters and the public to continue monitoring the election results particularly in the vice presidential race where Robredo is engaged in a close fight with Sen. Bongbong Marcos.

"Ngayon, hindi pa tapos ang laban ni Leni. Angat siya. Lumalaban siya. Patuloy tayong magbantay, manalig at sumuporta. Siguraduhin natin na mabibiling ng tama ang kanyang boto,” Roxas said.

(Leni’s fight is not yet over. She’s leading. She’s fighting. Let’s continue monitoring, praying and supporting. Let’s ensure that all her votes are accounted for.)

In what was dubbed as a supreme sacrifice, Roxas set aside his ambition of becoming the President of the country and gave way to Benigno Aquino III, who was a Senator then, in the 2010 National Elections. While Aquino won the 2010 presidency in a landslide victory, Roxas lost to then Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay in the vice presidential race.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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