Economist Manny Lopez, who ran for the vice presidency in Eleksyon 2022, called on the public to respect the poll results in the essence of democracy, as he conceded his defeat on Tuesday.
In a statement, Lopez admitted that the prevailing political culture and logistical limitations are among the setbacks to gain voter preference. He, however, stressed that the choice of the voters should be respected as the people deserve the leaders they elect.
“While I did not emerge a victor in the political competition, we somehow managed to deliver the message for real change and reform with dignity and honor intact,” he said.
“Whatever the Filipino electorates considered in their choice of candidates, we have to respect, for this is the essence of democracy. In the final analysis, however, the people shall deserve the leaders they elect,” he added.
Lopez also congratulated Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and running mate Davao City mayor Sara Duterte for leading the 2022 elections so far.
As of 8:17 a.m. on Wednesday, Marcos has still maintained his lead in the presidential race with 31,072,633 votes based on the partial and unofficial count of votes via the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Transparency Media Server.
Marcos’ running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, also maintains a huge gap among other vice presidential bets, with 31,523,015 votes as of the same period.
Meanwhile, Lopez was trailing in sixth spot with 157,675 votes.
Of the 67,442,616 registered voters, 55,134,378 votes have already come in as of posting. A total of 98.22% election returns have been processed.
Furthermore, Lopez extended his gratitude to his supporters, the Comelec, public school teachers, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), media, and other election volunteer organizations.
“May the overwhelming support of the Filipino electorates serve as an inspiration to the winning tandem to help build a strong, just and progressive nation. God bless the Philippines,” he said. —Giselle Ombay/KG, GMA News