In a press conference, Roxas gathered his supporters and said it was clear based on the partial and unofficial results that Duterte has won.
“Si Digong ang susunod na pangulo ng bansa," proclaimed the former Interior secretary. "Digong, I wish you success. Ang iyong tagumpay ay tagumpay ng ating bansa.”
Roxas also called on the public to respect and acknowledge the results as it reflects the voice of the nation.
“Galangin at tanggapin natin ang pasya ng ating mga kababayan,” he said.
Earlier, Senator Grace Poe conceded to Duterte and congratulated him via phone call. She also presented an electoral agenda to the tough-talking mayor who said he would review it.
Duterte is currently enjoying a lead of over six million votes against Roxas, his closest rival, as of 2 p.m. Tuesday and with 91.71 percent of the total Election Returns already accounted for.
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