ILOILO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It was supposed to be a campaign rally to appeal to voters to elect administration candidate Mar Roxas. Instead, President NoyNoy Aquino, in a fiery speech on May 3, conceded the presidential elections to frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The president had finally given up all hope for Roxas.
Despite his concession, Aquino said that he wouldn’t stand idly by if President Duterte becomes a dictator and throw away the freedom fought for by his martyred father. He said he was willing to lay down his life to stop the country from going back to the failed martial law experiment.
This is a first in world politics, where a non-candidate concedes an election on behalf of a candidate even before the actual vote happens.
“I’m just being realistic about it,” Aquino told The Adobo Chronicles.