MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 1)- Actor-director and Liberal Party gubernatorial candidate Cesar Montano accepted defeat in Bohol's gubernatorial race.
In a phone interview, Montano explained that the total votes from the 3 remaining towns of Bohol would not be enough for him to beat the leading candidate, thus, “there’s no logic to continue” with the race.
Montano's lawyer, Joel Ferrer, in a message sent to abs-cbnNEWS.com, said Commission on Elections (Comelec) partial and official results from 36 out of 48 municipalities in Bohol showed that outgoing 1st district congressman Edgar Chatto was leading by a wide margin over Montano.
Montano admitted that he's hurting over the results of the elections in his hometown.
“Noong umpisa, we’re all excited. Number 1 [tayo], up by 5 percent. Then as the night gets deeper and deeper, parang nagbabago ang sitwasyon. Nagdududa [na kami]… nagtatanong kami ng watchers,” he said.
The actor also expressed dismay over the conduct of the first poll automation in the country. Aside from lack of preparations, he lamented that many people failed to vote on May 10. In Bohol, he claimed that only 30 percent of voters were able to cast their ballots.
In his tweet message Monday morning through his wife's Twitter account, the actor-director said his spirit and soul in wanting to take care of Bohol will live forever despite his defeat.
"It is only the heart that is breaking for awhile.... but the spirit and soul shall fight forever for a better Bohol.. Sa tanan mituo ug misuporta, daghang salamat. We love you. - Cesar Montano (gubernatorial candidate, LP)."
Montano's wife, Sunshine Cruz, also confirmed through her tweet that Montano lost in the election, but stressed that they did a good fight.
"Good am tweeps. My hubby didn't make it. I know we did a good fight. Even without buying a single vote and with just a few volunteers who helped us with the campaign, I can proudly say we did great! Daghang salamat to the Boholanos who believed in Cesar's vision and Boholanos who supported my husband. Pinangga ko kayo Boholanos!:)"
At the end of the day, Montano said the fight was all worth it.
He boasted that he did not spend a single centavo to buy the votes of “more than 120,000 Boholanos” who supported him. “Lumaban ako without buying a single vote… hindi ako gumastos to buy a vote.”
Meantime, Montano said he is now resting to recover his strength after months of campaigning.
Montano had a hard time campaigning in Bohol after his only son, Christian Angelo, died on the first day of the local campaign period.
Montano is planning to go back to the entertainment industry. He said he will continue doing films, television shows and commercials. -With Trina Lagura, abs-cbnNEWS.com