Aquino headed for landslide victory

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Philippine Senator Benigno Aquino III Wednesday headed for a landslide victory in the presidential race as the incumbent prepared to turn over the government to him.

The 50-year-old bachelor was ahead by nearly five million votes over his closest rival, former president Joseph Estrada, with results from more than 88 percent of precincts nationwide counted.

Estrada has not yet conceded the race, and Aquino has chosen not to claim victory until Congress proclaims him the winner of Monday’s election.

But the son of democracy heroes late former president Corazon Aquino and assassinated ex-senator Benigno Aquino Junior said he was preparing to take over from President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Aquino, who ran on an anti-corruption platform, said a search committee was being set up to identify members of his cabinet so that he could start fulfilling his campaign promises.

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