Chiz prefers 'kababayan' to win VP race


MANILA - Senator and vice-presidential candidate Francis "Chiz" Escudero on Tuesday admitted defeat in the VP race, saying it is time for the nation to heal and unite behind its leaders.

In a press briefing, Escudero said he is looking forward to quieter times after ranking fourth in the vice-presidential race as of Tuesday morning.

"Okay naman. Looking forward to quieter times at mas maraming panahon para sa pamilya at siguro ang matagal nang naudlot na honeymoon ay matutuloy na," he said.

He added: "Bakasyon na."

Escudero, who ran as an independent, led pre-election surveys before the start of the official campaign period in February before he was overtaken by Senator Bongbong Marcos and Congresswoman Leni Robredo.

He is currently ranked fourth in the VP race with 4,539,358 votes, based on partial and unofficial results from the Commission on Elections transparency server as of 7:59 a.m.

Escudero said he expects a tight race for the vice-presidency, with the winner announced in a couple of days. "Kada presinto at bayan magkakaroon ng halaga bigla," he said.

He also said he prefers a "kababayan" to win the VP race, in apparent reference to Robredo who hails from Bicol.

Robredo is currently leading the VP race with 13,176,490 votes, followed closely by Sen. Bongbong Marcos who got 13,076,332 votes.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, running-mate of presidential frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte, is ranked third in the VP race with 5,396,863 votes.

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