Former Philippine senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr has urged his supporters to “hold watch on the vote” for the nation’s subsequent president as an unofficial rely confirmed him main with a large margin over his closest rival.
In a “assertion of gratitude” aired over social media, Marcos Jr mentioned they need to wait “till it is extremely clear and the rely has reached 100 per cent” earlier than celebrating.
“Even when the rely isn’t but over, I can not wait to provide because of all of you for all the assistance, to all those that joined our struggle, your sacrifices, your work, the time and expertise you gave us,” mentioned the son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and former first girl Imelda.
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“Any endeavour as massive as this doesn’t contain one particular person,” he added.
“It includes very, very many individuals working in very, very many various methods and to all of them, I thanks.”
“Allow us to hold watch on the vote and if we succeed, I hope to rely in your tireless help and belief as a result of we have now so much to do sooner or later.”
Marcos Jr had 21.7 million votes, greater than double the ten.3 million votes for Leni Robredo, the vice chairman, with 66.1 per cent of the variety of eligible ballots counted, in accordance with an unofficial tally by the Fee on Elections (COMELEC).
Marcos’ spokesman Vic Rodriguez mentioned Bongbong – as Marcos is popularly identified – was not but prepared to speak about victory.
“It isn’t over till it is over,” he advised CNN Philippines.
“Bongbong Marcos has by no means appeared past Might 9 and it is nonetheless Might 9. We’re beneath expressed instruction from him to not lose focus and look past Might 9.”
Some supporters gathered exterior Marcos Jr’s marketing campaign headquarters in Mandaluyong Metropolis in metropolitan Manila, cheering his lead.
They have been waiving Philippine flags and singing the marketing campaign jingle, a remake of a music a couple of “new society” popularised by his father’s regime.
with reporting from Reuters