All or nothing

Poll exec wants proclamation of all winning senatorial bets after 100% election results are transmitted

TO avoid controversy, Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon has proposed proclaiming all winning Senate bets after 100% of the election results have been transmitted.

“Gusto ko tapusin na lang yang 100% transmitted para wala nang maraming tanong. Baka may issues pang lumabas diyan… Ako, gusto ko sabay na lang, dose, para tapos lahat,” she said.

According to sources, some of the winning senatorial candidates have been invited to formal proclamation ceremonies yesterday afternoon.

However, the Comelec said on Saturday it would not push through with the proclamation of winners yesterday since at least 13 certificates of canvass had yet to be transmitted to the poll body.

Guanzon said they will have a meeting with the National Board of Canvassers to check if the percentage of the election results transmitted is enough to proclaim winning candidates.

“Titignan natin kung maaari na naming i-proclaim yan na partial o buo,” she said.

The NBOC resumed canvassing at 1 p.m. yesterday.

But Guanzon prefers to have the winning Senate bets proclaimed after all election results have been transmitted.

She also said she wants the 12 winners proclaimed at the same time just like in 2016.

“Mahirap nang magsisi,” the commissioner said.

Based on the partial and unofficial tally of Church-backed election watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting yesterday morning, re-electionist Senator Cynthia Villar still leads the Senate race, while Senator JV Ejercito hangs below the Top-12 margin (13th place).

As of 6: 10 a.m., PPCRV’s tally showed Villar earning the most votes with 25, 116, 310. She was followed by Senator Grace Poe with 21, 911, 481 votes. Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go was on the third spot with 20, 453, 347 votes.

Candidates occupying the fourth down to the 12th spot, include:

Pia Cayetano - 19, 632, 440 votes

Ronald “Bato”dela Rosa - 18, 802, 305 votes

Sonny Angara - 18, 041, 634 votes

Lito Lapid - 16, 880, 206 votes

Imee Marcos - 15, 729, 192 votes

Francis Tolentino - 15, 368, 023 votes

Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III - 14, 458, 465 votes

Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. - 14, 456, 314 votes

Nancy Binay - 14, 448, 498 votes

Re-electionist Ejercito hangs outside the Top 12 margin, with only 14,224,622 votes, or over 200,000 votes behind Binay. While the Otso Diretso bet with the highest votes, Senator Bam Aquino, landed in 14th place with 14,080,499 votes.