Poe concedes defeat to Duterte in Philippine presidential contest

 10 May 2016 - 0:00

Poe concedes defeat to Duterte in Philippine presidential contest
Philippine presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe speaks at a press conference after she conceded as the ongoing tally placed her third with 21,87 percent, in Manila on May 9, 2016. Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte was set to secure a huge win in the May 9 Philippine presidential elections, according to a poll monitor, after an incendiary campaign dominated by his profanity-laced vows to kill criminals. AFP / MOHD RASFAN



MANILA: Philippines election candidate Grace Poe conceded defeat to Rodrigo Duterte in the presidential contest on Monday after unofficial results showed the tough-talking mayor winning a large chunk of the votes.

Poe, a popular senator who had led in opinion polls in earlier stages of campaigning, had won over a fifth of votes by midnight (0400 GMT), but trailed Duterte by a substantial margin during the vote count.

“I’m giving way, I respect the results,” she told a news conference.

“Duterte has a mandate. Let’s give him a chance.”

The election numbers reported by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), which is accredited by the election commission, showed Duterte had 13.7 million votes, followed by Manuel Roxas, with nearly 8 million and Poe third with 7.6 million.

(Reporting by Karen Lema; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Robert Birsel)