Senator Jinggoy Estrada, in an interview aired on ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) Tuesday, said that everyone must adhere to the rule of law in proclaiming the election winners.
This is in line with the statement that his father, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino standard bearer Joseph Ejercito Estrada, has issued. In the statement, the former President said he is not conceding to LP presidential bet Sen. Benigno Aquino III, who is leading in the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec’s) partial and unofficial tally.
“Lest my silence following the recent presidential elections be misconstrued for conceding the elections to the frontrunner, I wish to assure the public that while I plan no protest, I am not conceding. I wish to remind the people that under our Constitution, only the Congress, not the Commission on Elections or its chairman, Chairman Jose Melo, and certainly not the so-called poll watchdogs can proclaim the winner of the presidential elections,” the statement read.
Senator Estrada said his father will respect the outcome of the polls as long as everyone adheres to the rule of law.“We are willing to concede anytime as long as we follow the process… We have to hear from the Congress… Kung talagang ‘yan ang magiging resulta ng eleksyon, my father will gladly bow to the will of the people,” the senator said.
When it comes to the results of the vice presidential race, the younger Estrada confirmed that his father is happy for his runningmate Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, who is leading in the count.
“Well, he (Pres. Estrada) is very, very glad that the results of the vice presidential race are already in favor of Mayor Binay, and I think Mayor Binay really deserves to become the vice president because he really worked so hard for it, even during the start of the presidential elections,” said the senator.