NAGA CITY, Philippines – From trailing by a million votes behind closest rival Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, Camarines Sur representative Leni Robredo has now edged past Marcos in the vice presidential race, after several hours of slowly closing the gap between them.
Hours after voting ended on Monday, May 9, Marcos quickly dominated the vice presidential race. But as the hours went by, Robredo slowly caught up with the senator, eventually posting a lead of 19,262 votes as of 4:28 am on Tuesday, May 10, with 88.08% of precincts reporting.
Robredo has 12,970,978 votes, while Marcos has 12,951,716.
Five hours after polling precincts closed and Marcos took the early lead, Robredo's camp maintained a positive outlook, posting on Twitter: "Hindi sa pinangungunahan natin ang ating mga institusyon, ngunit may sarili po tayong operation quick count at nakikita natin na sa dakong huli tayo ang mananaig."
(Not that we're pre-empting our institutions, but we have our own operation quick count and we see that in the end we'll win.)
Robredo's team stayed up all night monitoring the results, huddled around a table and monitoring the results on their laptops. The lawmaker's staff in Manila also monitored the results as they came in.
Meanwhile on social media, supporters of the Camarines Sur representative posted encouraging messages, using Robredo's campaign hashtag #LabanLeni.
As of posting, the hashtag is currently a Philippine and global trending topic on Twitter.
Robredo's daughters also took to Twitter to celebrate their mother's slow but steady advance in the rankings.
Sa mga gising pa ngayon, lahat po tayo nasa laylayan na ang eye bags! Hehehe. Salamat sa dasal at pakikiramay. Mananalo tayo!! #LabanLeni — Aika Robredo (@aikarobredo) May 9, 2016
DAIG PA ANG KAPE. DASAL PA HO TAYO MGA BES #LabanLeni — Tricia Robredo (@jpgrobredo) May 9, 2016
While Robredo has now taken the lead, the vice presidential race remains a close one, with the difference between the two candidates remaining very slim. – Rappler.com
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