UNITED Nationalist Alliance standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay finally conceded Thursday night to presumptive president Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado said the Vice President made a telephone call to Duterte on Thursday night to congratulate him.
“We confirm that Vice President Binay has talked to President-elect Duterte,” Salgado said.
“He extended his congratulations and wished the president-elect all the best.”
Earlier, Binay said he wanted to wait for the complete count before conceding but called on the public to respect the democratic process and move towards unity.
“I have repeatedly called for respecting institutions and the democratic process. Once the process is completed, we should always respect the outcome,” he said Monday evening.
“We should all move towards healing and unity for our divided land,” Binay added.
With 95.87% of election returns already transmitted on Thursday evening, Duterte continues to enjoy a huge lead over other presidential contenders with 15,915,687 votes.
Binay was in fourth place with 5,313,602 votes, trailing behind Liberal Party’s Mar Roxas (second) and Sen. Grace Poe (3rd). Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago was in fifth place.