Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who is leading in the presidential election said he wants the transmission of election returns would be finished in coming days so he could start deciding on who to appoint in major government positions specially the finance, transportation, and foreign affairs heads.
“I hope the elections will be over in about two or three days. Kung malaman ko na panalo na ako, then I will think about maybe [deciding on] the Cabinet members,” Duterte said in an interview on GMA Network’s evening news program 24 Oras.
In a report from Inquirer.net, Duterte said he will appoint military men. “Do not be surprised if others are military people,” he said. “I want military men. Most of them will occupy lower echelons.”
He also mentioned Jesus Dureza, presidential peace adviser of former presidents Gloria Arroyo and Fidel Ramos. Another personality he mentioned was Carlos Dominguez, owner of Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City and former Cabinet Secretary of Corazon Aquino and Fidel Ramos. Dominguez was also a former president of Philippine Airlines and Manila Hotel.
As of 9:46 pm today, partial and unofficial results show that Duterte has 11,735,419 votes out of 31,605,581 votes from 64,072 (67.96%) of 94,276 Election Returns. Expected total votes to be shared by all presidential candidates is 55,735,757.
He was followed by Grace Poe with 6,653,180; Mar Roxas with 6,611,821; Jojo Binay with 3,974,246; and Miriam Santiago with 1,191,603.
However, proclamation of winning president and vice-president could be at the last week of May or early June. The Senate and House of Representatives are expected to convene as National Board of Canvassers (NBC) a day or two after the session resumes on May 23. The NBC (Congress) is the body mandated to canvass and declare winners in presidential and vice-presidential elections.
Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBC) has convened today and will reconvene Tuesday, May 10 to canvass votes in the senatorial and party-list elections. NBC (Comelec) eyes to declare winners within one week.
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