Outgoing Philippine President congratulates Aquino, Binay for winning elections

19:19, June 09, 2010      

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Outgoing Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo congratulates President-elect Benigno Aquino III and Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay for winning the May 10 elections.

"On behalf of President Arroyo, we warmly congratulate President-elect Benigno Aquino III and Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay," Presidential Spokesman Ricardo Saludo said Wednesday.

Aquino, Liberal Party standard bearer was officially proclaimed the country's next President by the Philippine Congress on Wednesday afternoon. He garnered more than 15.2 million votes, 5.7 million votes more than his closest rival - deposed President Joseph Estrada.

Binay, former Makati City mayor and Vice Presidential candidate of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (Force of the Filipino Masses) was proclaimed as the country's next Vice President by the Congress.

Saludo said Aquino and Binay's election to the country's top posts indicates that Philippine democracy is "vibrant and our new electoral system is working for our people."

Saludo said President Arroyo and her government will help Aquino in the smooth and orderly transition.

"President Arroyo calls on all Filipinos to rally behind our leaders as they assume the awesome responsibilities of their offices," Saludo said.

Source: Xinhua


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