MANILA, Philippines?Defeated vice presidential candidate Mar Roxas is considering filing an electoral protest against Makati mayor Jejomar Binay, who emerged as the winner in the vice presidential race.
?Utang na loob ko po sa inyo na ipaglaban ang isang matapat at kumpletong bilangan kasama na ang pag-usisa sa napakalaking bilang ng null vote sa eleksyon sa pagka-bise presidente,? said Roxas in a statement on Tuesday.
?I have instructed my lawyers to gather records and evidence, and to study and prepare towards the possibility in filing an electoral protest,? he said. ?We have thirty days to do this.?
?I owe it to our people to ensure that the electoral process will truly be an instrument of their will.? Roxas added.
Roxas said his door would still be open to any action that his supporters would ask him to do to help reform the country.
He also expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the close to 14 million Filipinos who cast their vote for him, and to the three million people whose votes he said had not been counted by Congress.
Roxas congratulated Benigno Aquino III for garnering the most number of vote in the presidential race.
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.
?I am happy that the highest office in the land has already been decided with a clear and overwhelming mandate. I congratulate my standard bearer, president elect Noynoy Aquino,? he said, adding there was no reason to doubt the overwhelming win of Aquino over Estrada.
Roxas then called on the Filipino people to rally behind the leadership of Aquino as he also vowed to ?continue to do everything within my power to support the people agenda under an Aquino administration?