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Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter S. Cayetano yesterday conceded his vice presidential bid to Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo who, “by all accounts and with 96 percent of the votes already tallied, is our country’s presumptive vice president-elect.”
“Rep. Leni is not only leading the race, she has clearly won it,’’ Cayetano, one of the six vice presidential candidates, said in a press statement.
It could not be ascertained how Cayetano’s move would be accepted by fellow Nacionalista Party member, Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., who is questioning the lead of Robredo who ran under the administration Liberal Party.
Marcos had alleged that there was a computer script inserted in the tallying process that led to his losing the lead in the early hours and up to the present following the May 9 vote counting. He is still about 200,000 votes behind Robredo.
“Thus, I call on all the other candidates to respect the people’s will and rally behind presumptive president-elect Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte and his presumptive vice president-elect Leni Robredo,’’ Cayetano said. “Let us begin the journey toward healing and unification,’’ he added. (Mario B. Casayuran)