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Has Binay conceded? Read and decide

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The words “I concede” were never heard from Vice President Jejomar Binay despite his anemic showing in the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) partial and unofficially tally for the presidential race.

However, his short statement to media late Monday night (May 9) speaks volumes as to his level of acceptance to the impending poll results.

“I have repeatedly called for respecting institutions and the democratic process. Once the process is completed, we should always respect the outcome,” Binay said.

“We should all move towards healing and unity for our divided land,” the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party standard-bearer added.

Binay was a picture of confidence Monday morning after casting his vote in Makati. He even told media that he drafted his victory speech as early as Sunday night.

However, it was his spokesmen that did the talking for him as election day progressed.

As of posting time, Binay has garnered over five million votes, a whopping 10 million behind that of frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. (Samantha A. Giron)