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article imageSen. Aquino set to be proclaimed Philippine president Monday

By Leo Reyes     Jun 3, 2010 in Politics
Philippine presidential election front runner Sen. Noynoy Aquino is expected to be proclaimed president on June 7, 2010 by the joint-congress committee sitting as national board of canvassers.
Aquino leads his closest rival, former president Joseph Estrada, by at least five million votes but the former president is yet to concede. reports:
Aquino’s running mate, Sen. Manuel Roxas, and Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino are still slugging it out for the lead, although the latter has maintained a slim lead as of press time yesterday.
Binay posted 9,048,351 votes on Tuesday night while Roxas chalked up 8,749,968 after the canvassing of 189 of 278 CoCs, or a difference of 298,383 votes.
Binay is the running mate of former president Joseph Estrada.
It appears that Binay may also be proclaimed along with Aquino for winning the vice-presidential race by a narrow margin.
“We in the joint canvassing committee are tasked to make sure that all votes cast by our people on May 10 are counted properly. It will be a disservice to our people if we do an incomplete canvass at the national level,” said Camarines Norte Rep. Liwayway Vinzons-Chato, an ally of Roxas.
The joint canvassing committee is headed by senate president Juan Ponce Enrile and house speaker Prospero Nograles.
Earlier, the House leader set June 4 as the target of proclamation of the winners in the presidential and vice presidential race but the closing ceremonies of the Lower House made it impossible for the joint canvassing panel to meet the schedule, the report added.
The apparent president is the only son of democracy icons Sen. Benigno (Ninoy) Aquino and former president Corazon Aquino. Sen. Ninoy Aquino was shot to death at the airport upon his return from exile in the US after years of fighting the martial law regime of former president Ferdinand Marcos.
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