Grace Poe concedes to Rodrigo Duterte

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe conceded to Rodrigo Duterte late Monday and called the Davao City mayor to personally congratulate him.

A partial unofficial count by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the citizen's arm of the Commission on Elections, shows Duterte leading his four rivals with about 13.5 million votes.

Poe had garnered 7.63 million votes, placing third in the race behind Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, who had 7.95 million votes as of 11:40 p.m. Monday based on results from over 75 percent of 92,509 clustered precincts around the country.

“Ako si Grace Poe at naging kandidato sa pagkapangulo ngayong 2016, ay nagbibigay daan kay Rodrigo Duterte sa siyang maliwanag na nangunguna sa kasalukuyang bilangan at siyang napili ng nakararami sa ating mga kababayan. ... Iginagalang ko ang resulta ng ating halalan. Binabati ko si Mayor Rodrigo Duterte at ipinapangako ko ang aking pakikiisa sa paghilom ng ating bayan at pakikiisa ng ating mga kababayan tungo sa pag-unlad ng ating bansa."

[Translation: I, Grace Poe, who ran as a candidate this 2016, am conceding to Rodrigo Duterte who is the clear frontrunner in the current count and who has been chosen by our countrymen. ... I respect the results of the elections. I congratulate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and I promise to join in the healing of our nation and to unify our countrymen for the sake of our country's progress.]

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Poe said she had a pleasant conversation with Duterte on the phone.

She said she still has several more years left to serve as a senator and would be willing to cooperate with anyone to advance the interest of the people.

“As a legislator we should really continue our advocacies that will truly be felt by our country,” she said.

“Pero dapat – at ito ay ipaglalaban ko – na ang sistema ng demokrasya ay manatili at ang lehislatura o ang senado ay isang independent body na kailangan natin palakasin pa rin, at kami ay magsisilbing tagabantay sa gobyerno para maayos din ang trabaho ng lahat ng departamento.”

[Translation: But – and this is what I will fight for – the democratic system must be nurtured and the legislature or the Senate should remain as an independent body that we should continue to strengthen and we will serve as guardians of the government to ensure that all the departments perform their jobs.”

Her statements appeared to be a direct response to Duterte’s threat to padlock congress if it obstructs his plans.

She said her family had no regrets in doing everything they could to conduct a clean and decent campaign.

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Six years ago

In 2010, then Sen. Manny Villar was the first to admit defeat, as then Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III was poised to finish first place in the race to Malacañang.

Villar congratulated Aquino, saying that Filipinos need to "work together" to solve the problems hounding the country.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) lauded Villar for his "act of statesmanship for conceding the elections."

Other presidential hopefuls — then Sen. Richard Gordon, JC de los Reyes, Bro. Eddie Villanueva, and Gilberto Teodoro Jr. — eventually accepted defeat.

Former president Joseph "Erap" Estrada took a full month before finally accepting Aquino as the winner in the May 10, 2010 national elections.

Estrada came in second in the final tally but trailed Aquino by a wide gap.

Based on the official tally from the Congress, Estrada received over nine million votes, while more than 15 million Filipinos voted for Aquino.

Watch: CNN Philippines' exclusive interview with Sen. Grace Poe