Friday, September 20, 2019

Marañon pledges to cooperate with Duterte administration

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who supported Liberal Party candidate Manuel Roxas II in the presidential race, Friday pledged to cooperate with the administration of presumptive president-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

“I have been cooperating. I hope he can deliver what he promised. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. Let’s cooperate with him for the good of the country. The people have spoken,” Marañon told reporters.

The governor said that with the elections over, every Filipino should cooperate with the elected leaders for the good of the country.

Earlier, other Roxas’s allies in Negros Occidental had also vowed to support the Duterte administration.

Former governor Rafael Coscolluela said they accept the results with humility, and congratulated Duterte and wished him success.

It is “time for everyone to rise above the partisanship and be part of the solution to our many problems,” he added.

Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante Jr., secretary-general of Maranon-led United Negros Alliance, said that Duterte is the president of the country, not just of those who voted him into office.

“Expect the same cooperation from me (under the Duterte administration) in my little humble way, to the best of my ability,” the board member said.

Roxas himself conceded defeat to Duterte on Tuesday after unofficial results showed him trailing the Davao City mayor by a wide margin.

With 9.6 million votes, Roxas conceded after independent bet Senator Grace Poe, with 8.9 million, admitted defeat Monday night.

“Tanggapin natin ang pasya ng ating mga kababayan. Malinaw na si Mayor Duterte ang magiging susunod na Pangulo. Digong (Duterte), I wish you success. Ang iyong tagumpay ay tagumpay ng ating sambayanan, ating bansa,” Roxas said.

However, Vice President Jejomar Binay has not yet conceded his presidential race to Duterte as of Friday, his party United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said.

“We confirm that Vice President Binay has talked to president-elect Duterte. He extended his congratulations and wished the president-elect all the best,” UNA communications director Joey Salgado said in a statement.

However, UNA’s spokesperson Rico Quicho said Binay will not concede his presidential race until the whole electoral process has been finished.

Based on the Comelec unofficial count, Binay is currently at fourth place with 5.3 million votes.
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