MANILA -- Sen. Bam Aquino on Wednesday said his love for his compatriots will not run out, as he conceded defeat in his bid to get reelected.
Aquino, who ran under opposition slate Otso Diretso, was at 14th place, with a a total of 14,144,923 votes according to the final, official tally of the Commission on Elections. None of the opposition bets were set to get any of the 12 available Senate seats.
"Hindi man tayo pinalad na makakuha ng pangalawang termino, hindi mauubos ang pagmamahal ko sa ating mga kababayan at kagustuhang manilbihan sa kapwa, bagkus sa ibang larangan naman," Aquino said in a statement.
(Although we may not have been fortunate to get a second term, my love for our compatriots and desire to serve others will nor run out, albeit in a different field.)
Aquino said he has entrusted the results to God even before the May 13 polls.
"Bago pa man ang araw ng eleksyon, ipinaubaya ko na sa Diyos ang resulta. At buo pa rin ang tiwala ko sa Kanyang plano para sa akin at higit sa lahat, para sa ating Bayan," he said.
(Even before election day, I left the results to God. I trust in his plan for me and most especially, our nation.)
The outgoing senator also thanked his supporters and colleagues.
"Napakalaking karangalan ang manilbihan sa taumbayan kaya’t lubus-lubos ang pasasalamat ko sa mga nakatrabaho at sumuporta sa akin sa loob ng anim na taon at sa mga walang pagod na nangampanya nitong nakaraang mga buwan," he said.
(It was a great honor to serve the people so I thank my colleagues and those who supported me for 6 years, as well as those who tirelessly campaigned for me in the past months.)
The bespectacled lawmaker might return to social entrepreneurship should he fail in the midterm polls, his wife Timi told ABS-CBN News in an interview before the elections.