Vice President Jejomar Binay has finally conceded defeat to presumptive president-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
While Binay’s camp did not exactly use the word “concede,” his campaign spokesperson Joey Salgado confirmed that the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer made the first move to call Duterte.
The two presidential candidates reportedly had a “cordial” phone conversation around 6:30 P.M. yesterday, May 12.
In an interview published on GMA News Online today, May 13, Salgado revealed that Binay’s son Junjun was present when Binay called up Duterte.
Salgado related, “He [Junjun Binay] describes the talk as light and cordial, filled with laughter which is not surprising considering their ties.”
Despite their tough rivalry during campaign season, it can be recalled that Binay once tagged Duterte as a “friend.”
Whenever Binay would visit Davao in the past, there were several occasions that they bumped into each other.
Duterte’s chief aide Peter Lavina, in turn, confirmed Binay’s phone call.
He also thanked Binay for extending a congratulatory message to presumptive president Duterte, who previously called for healing and unification among fellow presidential candidates.
In a separate report yesterday, Binay was firm on waiting until the completion of the electoral process before making any formal announcement.
He also refused to use the term “concede” to describe his loss in the presidential race.