MANILA, Philippines--Former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada and his running mate Makati City Mayor Jejomar "Jojo" Binay topped the local absentee voting, which allows officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) who, on election day, are assigned to places far from where they are registered.
Estrada got a total of 8,870 votes. He got more votes than former Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr., who placed second with 6,199 votes.
Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, who is leading in the almost complete tally of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), got 2,744 votes. Senator Manuel Villar Jr. got 670 votes.
The other candidates got less than 300 votes. (Vetellano Acosta, 1; Olongapo City Councilor John Carlos Delos Reyes, 5; Senator Richard Gordon, 225; Senator Jamby Madrigal, 5; environmentalist Nicanor Perlas, 13; evangelist Eduardo Villanueva, 259)
The local absentee voting was held from April 28 to 30. The Comelec approved a total of 19,722 absentee voters from the AFP and 1,800 from the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Binay topped the vice presidential race with 12,995 votes. His closest rival, Senator Manuel "Mar" Roxas II, got 4,583 votes.
In the almost complete Comelec tally, Binay has been leading Roxas by about 800,000 votes. But the camp of the Liberal Party claims Roxas still has a chance to catch up and win by a slim margin of about 100,000 votes.
The other vice presidential candidates got the following votes: Senator Loren Legarda, 117; former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chair Bayani Fernando, 821; actor Edu Manzano, 175; Dominador Chipeco, 3; broadcaster Jay Sonza, 22; former Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Perfecto Yasay, 110.
The local absentee voting law, Executive Order No. 157, was signed by President Corazon Aquino in 1987. (abs-cbnNews.com/Newsbreak)