Manila, Philippines (CNN) — Sen. Benigno Aquino III, the son of former Philippine president Corazon Aquino, led contenders for the Philippines presidency Tuesday, as authorities tabulated returns from the country’s national elections.
With nearly 79 percent of the votes counted, Aquino surpassed his nearest challenger, former president Joseph Estrada, by more than 4.5 million votes out of the 30 million counted, according to figures from the national Commission on Elections. Two other candidates — Sen. Manny Villar Jr. and Gilberto Teodoro — ran far behind
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