LOOK: Presidential, VP candidates cast their votes

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Election day is finally here.

Voters trooped to the polls on Monday (May 9), including the 11 candidates for the two most powerful positions in the country. Although over 54 million Filipinos are eligible to vote, a 100 percent turnout is not guaranteed.

United Nationalist Alliance standard bearer Jejomar "Jojo" Binay was the first presidential candidate who voted, going to the San Antonio National High School in Makati City a little after 6 a.m.

Binay told reporters he was concerned over poll watchers wearing party colors. He said he is hoping there won't be any massive cheating and that the elections will be clean and honest.

 

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Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago was the next presidential aspirant who voted. Santiago voted at the La Vista Clubhouse in La Vista Subdivision in Quezon City at around 7 a.m.

After she voted, Santiago said she was concerned about the voter receipt receptacles. She pointed out the bins were made out of cardboard, saying they could easily be defaced or damaged.

 

Meanwhile, Liberal Party bet Manuel "Mar" Roxas II voted at Rufina Andrada Santos Memorial School in Roxas City, Capiz at around 8:30 a.m.

In a short interview, Roxas mentioned that "democracy is lively" and thanked the Visayan voters for their support. The administration bet also said that the hard work begins after the elections.

 

Independent presidential candidate Grace Poe voted at Sta. Lucia Elementary School in San Juan City.

Poe told members of the media she didn't encounter any problem during the whole voting process. She also appealed to the public to accept and respect whatever the results of the election may be.

 

PDP-Laban presidential bet Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte was the last presidential candidate to cast his vote. He is voted past 3 p.m. at Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School in Matina Aplaya, Davao City.

 

In a press conference on Monday afternoon, Duterte said he is satisfied with the conduct of the elections. He expressed that the black propaganda and false accusations were "only part of the day's work." Duterte also had these words for his presidential rivals: "Let us begin the healing now."

Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. was the first among the vice presidential candidates to vote. Marcos, who was at the Mariano Marcos Memorial Elementary School in Batac City, Ilocos Norte past 6 a.m., said he was closely watching the voting procedure.

"Mukha namang simple lang. Palagay ko nauunawaan ng mga boboto ngayon araw na madali proceso," he said.

[Translation: It looks simple. I think voters will understand today that the process is fast.]

 

Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero voted at the Buhatan Elementary School in Sorsogon City, Sorsogon early Monday morning as well, while Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano voted at Sta. Teresa Elementary School in Bagumbayan, Taguig City.

Sen. Gringo Honasan voted at the Nativity of Our Lady Parish in Marikina City.

Administration VP bet Leni Robredo wasn't able to vote immediately at the Tabuco Central School in Tabuco, Naga City because the vote counting machine (VCM) in her precinct had to be replaced. After voting, Robredo confidently said she would win the VP race.

 

Meanwhile, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV voted at the Holy Infant Montessori Center in Caloocan City.

Trillanes told reporters he is ready to accept whatever happens and regardless of the results he will continue to go after Duterte once the elections are over.