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Aquino Officially Wins Philippine Presidential Elections as Congress Closes National Canvass

Noynoy_AquinoThe 14th Congress of the Philippines has closed its national canvassing for the votes of the presidential and vice presidential races of last month’s elections.

Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III won as the next President of the Republic of the Philippines. He won by a wide margin against second placer, former president Joseph Estrada. Aquino took 41.87% of the votes, the highest percentage won by a presidential candidate after the Marcos era.

Aquino is the son of former president Corazon Aquino, thus, he will become the second presidential child to become the leader of the country. Outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is the daughter of former president Diosdado Macapagal.

In the Vice Presidential race, local city mayor Jejomar Binay, narrowly defeated Aquino’s running mate, Manuel “Mar” Roxas, II, grandson of former president Manuel Roxas.

The formal proclamation of the winners will be conducted Wednesday, June 9, almost a month after the elections last May 10.

Inauguration date will be on June 30 as mandated by the Philippine constitution. Aquino and Binay will become the 15th President and 15th Vice President of the Philippines, respectively.