Credit to Author: acerojano| Date: Wed, 15 May 2019 16:49:33 +0000
Updated @ 1:22 a.m., May 16, 2019, to add more details
MANILA, Philippines — Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Bam Aquino was knocked out of the “winning circle” after more than 24 hours of barging into the Magic 12, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) official count showed late Wednesday night.
According to the latest partial and official count of Comelec, Aquino slid from 12th place to 13th place on the second day of canvassing of votes that adjourned at 11:59 p.m.
Following Aquino’s fall, administration-backed senatorial bets dominated the Senate race with a total of nine out of 12, coming from the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP).
PDP-Laban is chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte himself, while HNP is the regional party formed by presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio. PDP-Laban is the political party of the administration.
HNP-endorsed candidate Sen. Cynthia Villar and independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe remained the top contenders in the senatorial race.
The Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), has so far canvassed 89 certificates of canvass (COCs) out of the 167 COCs from the midterm polls.
Below are the latest partial and official results of the canvassing:
1) Cynthia Villar: 10,416,332
2) Grace Poe: 9,151,162
3) Christopher “Bong” Go: 8,549,086
4) Pia Cayetano: 8,417,229
5) Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa: 8,025,527
6) Sonny Angara: 7,699,782
7) Imee Marcos: 7,157,978
8) Lito Lapid: 6,607,637
9) Francis Tolentino: 6,552,739
10) Aquilino Pimentel III: 6,220,434
11) JV Ejercito: 6,079,028
12) Nancy Binay: 5,949,885
13) Bam Aquino: 5,722,776
14) Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.: 5,677,321
15) Jinggoy Estrada: 4,696,167
The CoCs from provinces, cities, local and overseas absentee voting received and processed on Wednesday were that of Abra, Aklan, Antique, Batanes, Catanduanes, Cebu city, Caloocan City, Marikina City, Pasig City, Parañaque City, Malabon city, Taguig-Pateros, Davao City, Davao del Norte, Ilocos Sur, Kalinga, Masbate, Nueva Ecija, Laguna, Romblon, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Surigao del Sur, Quirino, Zamboanga Sibugay, Camarines Sur, Sarangani, La Union, Australia, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Islamabad, Phnom Penh, Oman, China, Taiwan, Malaysia. Dili, Vatican city, India, Yangon, the Hague, Prague, Berlin, Indonesia, Hanoi, Cairo, Brazil, Dhaka, Port Moresby, Lebanon, and Tel Aviv.
Meanwhile, partial unofficial tally from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) transparency server showed that 97 percent of vote counting machines have already been transmitted.
As of 11:34 p.m., results of the PPCRV showed that Aquino was at 14th place with 13,951,245 votes.
At 13th is Ejercito with 14,071,111 votes — or only 119,966 votes behind.
PPCRV is one of Comelec’s citizens’ arms in this year’s elections. The other one is the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (Lente), a nationwide group of lawyers, law students, paralegals and other trained volunteers.
The NBOC first convened its canvassing session last Monday but immediately adjourned after no votes have been transmitted at Comelec.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the poll body was aiming to finish the canvassing of votes within the week.
(Editors: Alex Magno and Abe Cerojano)
(Editor: Alexander T. Magno)
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