MANILA (UPDATE) - Manila Mayor-elect Isko Moreno is asking the camp of outgoing chief executive Joseph Estrada to accept defeat as he was proclaimed winner of the Manila mayoral race Tuesday night.
Based on partial and unofficial results, Moreno received 357,925 votes, 140,000 more than Estrada's 210,605 votes. The figures were based on votes from 100 percent of election returns from clustered precincts.
Moreno was proclaimed mayor-elect of the capital city past 7 p.m.
Moreno said he has reached out to the former president's camp.
"We already sent our common friend, na sana nga, magkaroon na ng acceptance (that hopefully, there will be acceptance)," he said.
Estrada earlier said he is "at a loss" with what happened.
"Until now, I’m still at a loss kung sino 'yung malaking gumawa nito (who did this)," he said.
Despite the difference in votes, the former president said he would not concede.
“Bakit ako magko-concede? Talagang pri-noject ako. Lahat ng survey, from the start, panalo ako. Tapos ngayon, biglang si Isko nanalo,” Estrada said.
(Why should I concede? I was the target of a project. All surveys, from the start, said I would win. Now all of a sudden, Isko won.)