MANILA - Television host and actress Kris Aquino on Friday congratulated Liberal Party bet Leni Robredo for winning the tight vice presidential race, finishing ahead of closest rival Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., according to official tallies.
In the vice presidential count, Robredo got 14,418,817 votes against Marcos's 14,155,344 votes. She was declared the winner coincidentally on the birthday of her late husband, former Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.
"A friend told me, 'Kris, wag mo naman itaya ang lahat. Paano kung matalo si Leni?' I smiled in reply and said marami kaming kakampi sa langit. Happy Birthday Sec. Jesse!" wrote Aquino as the caption to a short clip that featured photos of her with Robredo.
Aquino is the youngest daughter of the late Corazon Aquino, who became president after the 1986 People Power Revolution toppled the authoritarian rule of Marcos Jr.'s father, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, and restored democracy to the Philippines.
To continue, Aquino narrated the first time she met Robredo. "[Leni] said in her speeches that Sec. Jesse was my friend. We [I and Leni] only met later. I asked her for a pic for Instagram during PNoy's birthday. I called my cousin [Bam Aquino] and volunteered to shoot an endorsement for Leni. We shot March 15 at their home."
"How heartwarming to have gotten to know Aika, Tricia and Jillian. Apart from my mom, [Leni] is my IDOL when it comes to being the BEST MOM. In her I saw calm intelligence with sincere humility, a sense of humor, and a life's purpose of true public service.
"May 3 was my last sortie with her in Quezon City. She was [number one] that day in surveys and I asked, 'Did she feel like a winner?' She said the surveys were the sign she prayed for. Thank you to 14,418,817 Filipinos who voted LENI!
"Yes, for me this fight was personal. IT WAS FOR MY MOM's MEMORY. Kaya binigay ko ang lahat for VP Leni. Ganoon ako pinalaki, nakikipaglaban ng buo ang puso! Thank you God for answered prayers! CONGRATULATIONS to my VP, my inspiration!" she concluded.
Other celebrities also took to social media to congratulate Robredo and presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte, who got more than 16.5 million votes, beating second placer Manuel "Mar" Roxas of the Liberal Party by over 6 million votes.