Binay, Marcos, Honasan, Chiz are early birds in May 9 vote


MANILA - Three vice-presidential aspirants and one presidential hopeful cast their votes early on Election Day, just minutes after polling precincts opened nationwide.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, standard bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance, and his son, former Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, showed up about five minutes before the opening of voting precincts in San Antonio National High School in Makati City. The school is just a short walk from Binay's home.

Leonardo delos Santos, chairman of the board of election inspectors, said the Binays voted in cluster 362 of the voting precinct.

Video showed the two Binays shading their ballots before submitting the ballots to the BEI. The ballots were then entered in the vote counting machine.

The whole process was finished in less than 15 minutes.

Binay's running-mate, Gregorio Honasan, also arrived at a polling precinct in Marikina just minutes after it opened.

Vice presidential candidate Marcos also cast his vote early, showing up at the Mariano Marcos Memorial Elementary School at about 6:10 a.m.

Marcos, who was alone, said he is confident about his victory. He also reminded his supporters to guard their votes.

Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero and wife, actress Heart Evangelista, also cast their votes early in Sorsogon.

More than half of the Southeast Asian country's population of 100 million people are registered as voters for Monday's election to choose a president, vice president, 300 lawmakers and about 18,000 local government officials. With Reuters