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article imagePhilippines presidential contender Aquino winning by wide margin

By Leo Reyes     May 12, 2010 in World
Philippine president-apparent Benigno (Nonoy) Aquino's lead in the first automated election count in the Philippines has reached an insurmountable figure.But the government has not yet crowned the 50-year old bachelor pending completion of official count.
With votes from almost 90 percent of precincts counted by Wednesday noon, Senator Benigno (Noynoy) Aquino III is sure of winning the 2010 Philippine presidential election by a wide margin.
As of noon time Wednesday, Aquino had a total vote count of around 13.6 million while former president Joseph Estrada had a total of 8.6 million. About five million votes separate the two main presidential contenders. Most of Aquino's presidential opponents have already conceded defeat while Estrada and two others remained steadfast in their quest for the highest political office in the land.
In the vice presidential race, Makati City Jejomar Binay (PDP-Laban) kept his lead over LP vice presidential bet Sen. Mar Roxas.
Binay, Estrada’s running mate, garnered 13,274,470 votes as against Roxas’ 12,481,973 votes as of 1:39 p.m.
Former president Joseph Estrada, whose term was cut short after he was impeached on allegations of graft and corruption under his government, questions the Commission of Elections (Comelec) announcement of vote counts saying the poll body should disclose the sources of votes as announced in the media.
“I am deeply disturbed by the Comelec’s action, as well as the seemingly mad scramble of media outfits to arrive at a conclusion on the winners in Monday’s national and local elections without fully disclosing the areas where the results are coming from,” Estrada said in a statement.
The Liberal Party at its  Rock The Vote  campaign around the Philippines. Noynoy Aquino shakes hands...
The Liberal Party at its "Rock The Vote" campaign around the Philippines. Noynoy Aquino shakes hands with supporters.
Meanwhile Noynoy Aquino, who is the only son of democracy icons former president Cory Aquino and former Sen. Benigno Aquino, started forming his cabinet in preparation of his official assumption of the office of the president on June 30, 2010 by initially announcing the acceptance of his offer by Dinky Soliman, a former Social Welfare secretary of president Gloria Arroyo, to retake her position as his new Department of Social Services Department (DSSD) Secretary. Soliman resigned her post midstream on allegations of dishonesty and corruption in the Arroyo administration.
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