By Lilybeth G. Ison
MANILA, June 8 (PNA) — Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay emerged winners in the country’s first automated elections.
This, as the 18-man joint congressional committee, who acts as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) completed on Tuesday afternoon the canvassing of 278 certificates of canvass (CoCs), including 107 from overseas absentee voting (OAV).
After eight days of canvassing, Aquino garnered 15,208,678 votes against closest rival, former president Joseph Estrada, who got 9,487,837 votes.
Aquino picked up big wins in the provinces of Cebu, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Negros Oriental, Camarines Norte, Zambales, Iloilo, Batanes, Agusan del Sur, Romblon, Eastern Samar, Bacolod, Mt. Province, Lanao del Sur, including Metro Manila.
On the other hand, the vice presidential race had been a neck-and-neck between Binay and Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas II throughout the entire canvassing in Congress.
In the final tally, Binay got 14,645,574 votes against Roxas’ 13,918,490 votes — or a difference of 727,084.
Binay led in Metro Manila, Laguna, Bulacan, Cavite, Camarines Norte, Kalinga, Aurora, Davao Oriental, Apayao, Nueva Ecija, Antique, North Cotabato, Batangas, Abra, Basilan, Sulu, Davao del Sur, Malabon, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Cagayan de Oro City, Eastern Samar, Davao City and Lanao del Sur.
The joint congressional canvassing committee will now prepare a report for approval of lawmakers when they convene in a joint session at 2 p.m. Wednesday to proclaim Aquino and Binay, for president and vice president, respectively.
Official tally from Congress after canvassing 278 CoCs as of June 8:
Aquino III: 15,208,678
Delos Reyes: 44,244
For VICE PRESIDENT: