THE camp of presumptive president Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Wednesday claimed victory in the 2022 presidential race, declaring that the Filipino people "have spoken decisively" in the May 9 elections.
Marcos is leading by 16 million votes over his closest rival, Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo, based on partial and unofficial election results.
"With 98 percent of the votes counted and an unassailable lead of over 16 million votes, the Filipino people have spoken decisively. Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. will be the 17th President of the Philippines," Victor Rodriguez, spokesman for Marcos, said in a statement.
"In historic numbers, the people have used their democratic vote to unite our nation. This is a victory for all Filipinos and for democracy," he added.
Rodriguez told those who voted for Marcos, and for those who did not, "it is his promise to be a president for all Filipinos."
"He aims to seek common ground across political divides and to work together to unite the nation," he said.
The presumptive president has also asked the world to judge him by his actions and not by his family's past, according to Rodriguez.
"Bongbong looks forward to working across the Philippines, and with international partners and organizations, to address critical issues facing the country, and to begin delivering for the Filipino people," he said.
"To the world, he says: Judge me not by my ancestors, but by my actions," Rodriguez added.
As of 2:17 p.m. Wednesday, the partial and unofficial count shows Marcos garnering over 31 million votes.
In second place is Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo who got over 14.8 million votes, followed by Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao who got more than 3.6 million votes.
The count covers 98.26 percent of the election returns in the country.
Also on Wednesday, Marcos met with his supporters outside his headquarters in Mandaluyong City before he held a meeting to discuss the composition of his transition team as well as his potential Cabinet members.
Asked if there are already names of those who will be part of the Cabinet under the Marcos administration, Rodriguez said, "Absolutely."
"Mayroon siyang ibang pangalan na nasa isip na. Subalit 'yun talaga rin ang character ni Bongbong. Ayaw niyang pangunahan ang mga bagay-bagay. Ang malinaw na sabi niya, 'Please cascade to everyone, do not look beyond May 9 (He has names on his mind. However, that's the character of Bongbong. He does not want to preempt things. He clearly said, 'Please cascade to everyone, do not look beyond May 9),'" he said.
In a separate interview, Duterte-Carpio's spokesman, Liloan Mayor Christina Frasco, assured the public that the Davao City mayor would be a "very hardworking vice president" in support of Marcos.
Duterte-Carpio, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, is also leading in the vice presidential race with more than 31.5 million votes in the partial and unofficial results.
"She is looking forward to fulfilling her role as the vice president, and I'm very confident in her ability to balance her obligations both in Davao and in Manila and the rest of the country," Frasco said in an interview.
"I also anticipate that Vice President-elect Sara, being a very hands-on public servant, that we'll be seeing a lot of her visiting different areas of our country and speaking directly to the people and continuing to be attuned to their needs. She'll be a hardworking vice president," she added
In Malacañang, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea held an online meeting with officials, including Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, on the transition process for the incoming administration.
Andanar, who is also the acting Palace spokesman, shared on Instagram a photo of the meeting convened by Medialdea.
"IA (In a) meeting led by Boss ES Bingbong Medialdea for a smooth government transition. #dutertelegacy #workingpcoo #spox," Andanar wrote on Instagram.
The President earlier designated Medialdea to head the transition committee to supervise a smooth handover of government to the new president next month.
The 76-year-old Chief Executive will transfer the reins of power to his successor when he ends his six-year term on June 30.