MANILA, Philippines?(UPDATE) Anticlimactically, Senator Benigno ?Noynoy? Aquino III and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay emerged winners in the country?s first automated elections.
Aquino and Binay got the most votes for president and vice president, respectively, on Tuesday as Congress, sitting as National Board of Canvassers, completed the canvass of 278 certificates of votes after eight days.
The joint committee will prepare a report for approval of lawmakers when they convene in a joint session at 2 p.m. Wednesday to proclaim Aquino and Binay.
Aquino garnered 15,208,678 votes against closest rival, former president Joseph Estrada, who got 9,487,837 votes or a difference of 5,720,841 votes.
Coming in third place is Senator Manuel Villar with 5,573,835 votes, followed by administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro with 4,095,839 votes, evangelist Eduardo Villanueva with 1,125,878 votes, Senator Richard Gordon with 501,727 votes, disqualified candidate Vetallano Acosta with 181,985 votes, Senator Ma. Ana Consuelo ?Jamby? Madrigal with 46,489 votes, Nicanor Pelas with 54,575 votes, and JC Delos Reyes with 44,244 votes.
The vice presidential race had been a toss-up between Binay and Senator Manuel ?Mar? Roxas II throughout the entire canvassing in Congress.
But Binay won big votes in Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, Batangas, Makati City, and some Mindanao provinces that gave him the edge of 727,084 votes over Roxas.
In the final tally, Binay got 14,645,574 as against the 13,918,490 votes of Roxas.
Senator Loren Legarda ranked third with 4,294,664 votes, followed by Bayani
Fernando with 1,017,631 votes; Edu Manzano with 807,728 votes; Perfecto Yasay
with 364,652; Jay Sonza with 64,230 votes; and Dominador Chipeco with
Estrada?s lawyer, George Garcia, said his client would issue a message on Wednesday in time for Aquino?s proclamation.
Legarda?s lawyer, Helen Rivilla, said that the senator was extending her warmest congratulations to Aquino and Binay.
Canvassing on Monday was suspended with the lone CoC from Lanao del Sur to be canvassed.
Lanao del Sur had a special elections on June 3 and did not immediately transmit the CoC to Congress, thus the delay in canvassing. About 300,000 voted in the special elections.
Roxas? lawyer said that Roxas got zero or just one vote in a number of precincts in Lanao del Sur.
Paranaque Representative Roilo Golez said the revelations by Roxas? lawyer was ?incredible . . . statistically improbable,? including results which showed a 96 voter turnout in the province.
Congress canvassed a total of 278 CoCs, including 107 from overseas absentee voting.
On Monday, Congress finished canvassing of the CoCs from Eastern Samar, Mt. Province, Bacolod City and the vote-rich Davao City, which has about 500,000 votes.
Even as the joint congressional canvassing committee, composed of two panels of nine members each from the Senate and House of Representatives, convened on May 25, actual canvassing began only on May 27 because of lawmakers? questions on how the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines work and because of allegations of
In between actual canvassing the same questions would be raised about compact flash cards, the variance in time stamps of the PCOS machines, digital signatures, and null votes.
The canvassing of some CoCs was also deferred after questions on their integrity were raised. The board of canvassers members from areas under question were called to the session to explain.
Aquino led in his home province Tarlac getting 387,624. He was followed by his cousin, Teodoro, who also hails from the same province with 65,139 votes.
Aquino picked up big wins in the vote-rich province of Cebu, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, and Negros Oriental. In Manila, Aquino got 298,217 votes closely followed by Estrada?s 214,517 votes. At third is Teodoro with 72,521 votes.
Aquino also got the most number of votes in Camarines Norte, Zambales, Iloilo province, Batanes, Pasig City, Valenzuela City, Agusan del Sur, Romblon, Taguig-Pateros, Eastern Samar, Bacolod, Mt. Province and Lanao del Sur.
Estrada led in Catanduanes, Kalinga, Aurora, Davao Oriental, Bukidnon, Apayao, Nueva Ecija, Albay, Bohol, Zamboanga del Norte, Rizal, Leyte, Pangasinan, Aklan, Caloocan, Ifugao, Samar, Quezon, Negros Occidental and Davao City.
Estrada was also winner in Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, South Cotabato, Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato, Abra, Davao del Sur, Sultan Kudarat, and Cagayan de Oro.
Villar led in Ilocos Sur and Las Pinas City.
Teodoro won in the provinces of Guimaras and Camiguin.
The vice presidential race was neck and neck between Binay and Roxas.
Binay led in Manila, Laguna, Bulacan, Cavite, Camarines Norte, Kalinga, Aurora, Davao Oriental, Apayao, Pasig, Valenzuela, Taguig-Pateros, Nueva Ecija, Antique, North Cotabato, Batangas, Quezon City, Abra, Las Pinas, Basilan, Sulu, Muntinlupa, Pasay, Makati City, Davao del Sur, Malabon, San Juan City, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Cagayan de Oro City, Eastern Samar, Davao City and Lanao del Sur.
Roxas got the most votes for vice president in Ilocos Sur, Zambales, Bukidnon, Iloilo province, Batanes, Agusan del Sur, Romblon, Tarlac, Cebu, Southern Leyte, Tawi-Tawi, Marikina, Cebu City, Pampanga, Surigao del Sur, Bacolod and Mt. Province.
Official tally from Congress after canvassing 278 CoCs, June 8:
Aquino III: 15,208,678
Delos Reyes: 44,244