Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay on Wednesday said he is confident he has won the vice presidency defeating Liberal Party bet Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas in the 2010 elections. 

“I think I’ve won,” said Binay in an interview at the Makati City Hall.

The latest partial and unofficial results released by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting – Kapisanan ng Brodkasters ng Pilipinas shows Binay leading with 13,327,990 votes while Roxas has 12,541,222 or a difference of 786,768. PPCRV-KBP indicated that the partial results were as of 8:01 p.m., May 12 and was constituted from election results transmitted by the Commission on Elections to their server from 89.03% of clustered precincts.

Binay confidently said that his standing would no longer change.

He, however, reiterated that a change in his standing could only be brought upon by cheating.

“Kung mababago iyon, eh babaguhin na lamang iyon sa di tamang pamamaraan,” said Binay.

Binay even had time to dismiss the text message jokes circulating pertaining to his dark-colored skin.

“Kasing-itim, kasing tangkad at kasingtanda,” said Binay.

Binay’s camp also reiterated its allegation that a “special operations” for electoral cheating has been launched by the camp of Roxas in Mindanao and areas in Visayas where Roxas is strong.

Lito Anzures, Binay’s spokesman, said the transmissions of election results are being purposely delayed in these areas.

“Ewan namin bakit nade-delay at ang sinasabi nade-delay doon sa balwarte noong kalaban,” said Anzures.

“No truth to cheating”

A charge which Liberal Party senatorial bet Franklin Drilon strongly denied.

“We deny that, no truth to that! Part of their propaganda,” said Drilon on Wednesday during a press conference.

Drilon said he still believes that Roxas can “win by a hairline.”

Drilon reported that in Iloilo, Roxas has a lead of around 310,000 votes, with eight towns and a component city yet to be canvassed. (Read LP: Roxas can still win by a ‘hairline’)

Drilon claimed he also received information from former National Power Corp. (NPC) president Jesus Alcordo in Cebu that Roxas won by roughly 1.05 million votes over Binay in the vote-rich province. He also quoted Negrense businessman Bitay Lacson that Roxas’ lead in Negros is in excess of 500,000 votes.

“This already gives Mar more than one and a half million votes from these Visayan bailiwicks alone, as against Binay’s lead which now stands at roughly 800,000 votes,” Drilon said.

He criticized the camp of Binay for claiming that the LP would conduct “special operations” in Mindanao to reverse the lead of Binay.

Congress will convene on May 31 for the official canvassing of the votes for president and vice-president.

Lawyer Joe Nathan P. Tenefrancia, Aquino-Roxas Bantay Balota (ARBB) Over-all Deputy National Coordinator, stressed: “The official results of the vice presidential race will only come once the NBC [National Board of Canvassers] has completed its canvassing. It’s very early to be celebrating or planning out offices and even to begin hiring staff personnel.”

Roxas, meanwhile, has made himself scarce after the election and considering that it would be his birthday on Thursday.

Binay, meanwhile, gave Roxas an advance birthday greeting.

“This comes straight from the heart, I wish you the best, happy birthday,” said Binay. With a report from Niña Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

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