WITH 98.35 percent of the votes already counted nationwide as of noon, May 12, it is now certain that Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., more popularly known as "Bongbong," is the clear winner in the presidential election by a whopping 31,103,761 votes, or 58.74 percent of the votes cast.

Never in the political history of the Philippines has a presidential candidate garnered this big number of votes and with a lead over the next ranking candidate by as much as 50 percent in absolute numbers.

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