Vice President and presidential candidate Jejomar Binay on Thursday, May 12, finally conceded defeat to president-apparent Rodrigo Duterte.
In a statement late Thursday night, Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado confirmed that the Vice President had conceded to Duterte. He said the Vice President Binay has already talked to Duterte to congratulate him for his win in the May 2016 elections.
“We confirm that Vice President Binay has talked to President-elect Duterte. He extended his congratulations and wished the president-elect all the best,” Salgado said
Binay is the third presidential candidate to concede to Duterte following Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares and Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas.
Prior to this, Binay vehemently refused to concede, saying he will wait for the completion of the COMELEC count. He even asked for the support of his fraternity brothers in APO (Alpha Phi Omega) during a closed-door meeting at the New Horizon Hotel late Monday night, May 9.
Meanwhile, based on the latest tally from the PPCRV, Binay remained at number 4 with 5,313,602 votes (as of this writing).
With Binay’s concession, it’s now only Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago who has yet to concede to Duterte.