Canvassing ends; Aquino, Binay win
by Thea Alberto, Yahoo! Southeast Asia
After eight days, the joint session on canvassing ends its committee session with Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III emerging as winner with 15,208,678 votes for the presidential race.
Former president Joseph Estrada lagged with 9, 487, 837.
Although unofficially proclaimed, Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay also have sealed his win with 14, 645, 574 votes, with over 700,000 vote lead over his closest rival, Senator Mar Roxas.
Aquino and Binay are expected to be proclaimed before the joint Congress on Wednesday.
House Speaker Prospero Nograles allayed fears that a proclamation might not push should there be lack of quorum.
“We think everybody is excited for this historic event. I don’t foresee any quorum problem,” Nograles told reporters after the canvassing ended past 4 pm.
Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile also called on his colleagues to “rise above ourselves.”
“Let’s respect the will of the people and follow the rule of law,” said Enrile.
Nograles explained the process for the proclamation would start with the submission of a report and somebody has to sponsor it. The call for a vote, via Ayes and Nays, will follow.
“After the voting, we will allow anybody who would want to make any manifestation,” said Nograles.
Enrile said they have yet to make a formal invitation to Aquino and Binay but call for their presence have been coursed through their lawyers and party-mates.
“They know the time, they know the day, they know the hour. We expect to have them,” said Enrile.
Nograles said a holding room will be prepared for the two.
Reposted From Thea Alberto of Yahoo News