Thursday, 20 May 2010

Comelec lauds Villar's act of statesmanship

Manila Bulletin

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday lauded Nacionalista Party standard bearer Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar for conceding to Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III of the Liberal Party saying it was an act of real statesmanship.

“The Commission expresses its deep admiration for Senate President Manuel Villar’s act of statesmanship in conceding the elections,” Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said.

By right, he said, the senator could have insisted on seeing this contest through to the bitter end. However, he chose not to do that; instead he chose to set aside personal ambition to sped up the process of political reunification and recovery this country needs to go through after these elections,” he added.

Melo also thanked Villar for his vote of confidence in the Automated Election System (AES).

“The commission also expresses its gratitude for the vote of confidence in the AES that underlies the Senate President’s decision to concede the elections,” he said.

Based on Tuesday’s partial tally of the Comelec, Aquino got a total of 12,233,002 votes compared to Villar’s 4,329,215.

In the parallel unofficial count of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), yesterday Aquino also got the most number of votes with 12,879,564.

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