Philippines Senator Benigno Aquino was headed for victory, in the country's presidential elections, according to the latest tallies of votes. Currently Aquino is leading the race with 41%, followed by former President Joseph Estrada with 26%.
Aquino, 50, who campaigned on the slogan "If there's no corruption, there's no poverty", had announced his plans to stand for elections only after the death of his mother in August 2009. With more than two-thirds of the election returns, Liberal Party bearer Aquino's lead, reflects a desire among Filipino voters to break away from the country's problems with corruption.
The Philippines used computers to count ballots for the first time in the 2010 elections, transforming the tallying procedure from one that took a few weeks under the manual system.
Aquino Leads Philippine Presidential Race [Wall Street Journal, 11 May 2010]
Aquino Heads for Victory in Early Tally of Philippine Election[ Bloomberg, 10 May 2010]