The Liberal Party (LP) has admitted that the initial counting of votes is discouraging for its standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd and his running mate, Leni Robredo.
LP-led coalition spokesman Ibarra Gutierrez made the statement on Monday after media count showed Roxas placing third with 4.9 million votes behind second placer Sen. Grace Poe who got 5.1 million votes as of 7:30 pm. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was ahead with nine million votes.
“The initial results are kind of discouraging, but the boxing is not yet over. We haven’t reached 50 percent yet, so there is still time to make up for lost ground,” Gutierrez told reporters.
Robredo, on the other hand, had 7.5 million votes and was trailing Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. who had around 8.3 million votes as of 7:30 pm.
“As for the vice presidential election, the numbers are much closer. We will continue monitoring,” Gutierrez said.
“We have no way of knowing where the votes are coming from since these are all precinct level numbers. And so we remain optimistic and we remain committed to see this fight through,” he added.