Aquino Leads Philippine Election Count

Malacanang-palaceLooks like another child of a former President of the Philippines will be seating in Malacanang Palace (pictured).

Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, son of former President Corazon Aquino, is currently leading the presidential race by a wide margin. He commands a lead of 4 million votes to second placer, former President Joseph Estrada.

If the trend of his lead continues, Aquino will succeed current President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on June 30. Arroyo is the daughter of former President Diosdado Macapagal.

In the Vice Presidential race, city mayor Jejomar Binay is enjoying a very slight lead over Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, grandson of yet another former president, Manuel Roxas.

In the senatorial line-up, currently ranking number seven is Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr., and yes, he is the son of former president and dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.

It is probable that sometime in the near future, Marcos would go to Malacanang (the White House equivalent in the Philippines) to have Aquino sign a bill into law. The Aquinos and the Marcoses are the main players in the 1986 People Power Revolution.

The 2010 Philippine election is the first automated elections in the country. The latest results comprise about 50% of the total votes. Previous elections in the country usually take more than a month to determine the winners of nationally contested positions.