By Kim Patria, Yahoo! Southeast Asia staff writer
Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas is standing his ground even as his rivals in the vice presidential race concede to Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay.
In a statement read by Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada of the Liberal Party, Roxas admitted that it is a close fight between him and Binay but stressed that the Commission on Elections only released 85 percent of all the election returns.
“It is not for me, or anybody for that matter, to say if we’ve already lost, or if we will win in the end. It is up to the sovereign will of the people,” Roxas said.
“Until the canvassing is over, our fight does not end,” Roxas said in his statement, while thanking volunteers and voters who supported him.
Tañada said that win or lose, Roxas will face the media as soon as things become “clearer.”
Vice presidential bets Sen. Loren Legarda of the Nacionalista Party, Edu Manzano of Lakas-Kampi-CMD, and Ang Kapatiran’s Dominador Chipeco conceded Tuesday.