Jiggy Manicad concedes defeat in Senate race, thanks his supporters
MANILA, Philippines — With over 90 percent transmission of election returns, veteran broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad conceded his defeat in the 2019 midterm elections.
“Nais ko pong magpasalamat sa inyo… ‘yung mahigit anim na milyong boto ay malaki at alam ko po ‘yung hirap po ng mga volunteer kaya maraming maraming salamat po sa inyong sakripisyo pero ganyan talaga ‘yung eleksyon… may mananalo, may matatalo,” Manicad said in a Facebook live.
As of the 12:26 p.m. partial and unofficial tally of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) Transparency Server, Manicad was at the 20th spot with 6,676,312 votes.
Manicad thanked Hugpong ng Pagbabago founder and Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as he also congratulated his fellow HNP candidates who made it to the top 12.
Despite his “limited resources,” Manicad flaunted that he “played by the rules” and campaigned without “compromising” his principles.
“We played by the rules, ika nga, at ‘yung tamang pangaganpanya base po sa prinsipyo ng pagiging tama at malinis ay ginawa po natin,” he said.
Manicad also expressed his gratitude to the overseas Filipino workers who supported him, as well as his supporters in San Pablo City, Laguna where he grew up.
As of posting, eight HNP candidates continue to dominate the top 12 with reelectionist Sen. Cynthia Villar in the lead.
Independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe came in second, while former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, Pia Cayetano, and former Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald dela Rosa followed. (Editor: Julie Espinosa)
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