6 Senate topnotchers proclaimed
Nancy Binay snubs partial proclamation
MANILA (4th UPDATE) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed on Thursday night Team PNoy senatorial candidate Grace Poe and 5 other topnotchers in the Senate race.
Aside from Poe, the other senators proclaimed are Team PNoy candidates Loren Legarda (Nationalist People’s Coalition), Alan Peter Cayetano (Nacionalista Party), Francis Escudero (independent) and Sonny Angara (Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino), and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) candidate Nancy Binay.
Binay did not show up for the proclamation after UNA protested the partial proclamation.
UNA spokesman Toby Tiangco told the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) he does not know why Binay did not show up at the proclamation.
He criticized the Comelec for proclaiming the 6 candidates with only 72 out of 304 certificates of canvass (COCs) or 22% of COCs canvassed.
"Why the hurry? 22% is not even half (of the COCs)," he said.
Poe is the clear leader in the race, racking up 16,303,640 votes, according to the latest partial and unofficial tally of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, which gets its results from the Comelec transparency server. The total number of precincts counted in the unofficial tally is now at 59,543 out of 78,166.
“Nakikita namin na ‘yung first 6 hindi na maaapektuhan so we’re proclaiming, walang nagmamadali,” explained Comelec Commissioner Sixto Brillantes.
Comelec’s official count showed Poe leading the race with 6,978,111.
“I didn’t really expect this. Ang dasal ko palagi na sana naman kung nanaisin ng Diyos na ako’y magwagi ay sana malagay ako sa pwesto na medyo komportable. Huwag naman sa 11 or 12, ngunit higit pa diyan ang kanyang binigay. Kaya alam ko malaking responsibilidad ito,” said Poe.
Poe was with her family, including mother Susan Roces, during the proclamation.
Escudero, meanwhile, was with his girlfriend, actress Heart Evangelista.
“Binato ako ng napakaraming putik pero malaki ang tiwala ko at pinakita naman ng sambayanang Pilipino na ‘yung aming itinatag na serbisyo ng 15 na taon ay worth it at hindi dapat tawaran,” said Escudero.
Escudero served for 9 years in the House of Representatives as congressman of Sorsogon. He won his first 6-year term as senator in 2007.
The poll body has canvassed 72 out of 304 certificates of canvass, totaling 13,384,981 voters.
The Comelec en banc earlier rejected an UNA petition to defer the partial proclamation of senators. UNA campaign manager Toby Tiangco said Comelec should proclaim all the winners.
1 POE, GRACE16,305,709
2 LEGARDA, LOREN (NPC) 14,910,711
3 ESCUDERO, CHIZ14,106,857
4 CAYETANO, ALAN PETER (NP)14,099,328
5 BINAY, NANCY (UNA)13,281,885
6 ANGARA, EDGARDO (LDP)12,825,036
7 AQUINO, BENIGNO BAM (LP)12,348,125
8 PIMENTEL, KOKO (PDP)11,820,387
9 TRILLANES, ANTONIO IV (NP)11,365,490
10VILLAR, CYNTHIA HANEPBUHAY (NP)11,046,487
11EJERCITO ESTRADA, JV (UNA)10,988,537
12HONASAN, GRINGO (UNA)10,599,617
13GORDON, DICK (UNA)10,139,998
14ZUBIRI, MIGZ (UNA)9,468,458
15ENRILE, JUAN PONCE JR.(NPC)9,148,823
16MAGSAYSAY, RAMON JR. (LP)9,133,561
17HONTIVEROS, RISA (AKBAYAN)8,881,736
19VILLANUEVA, BRO.EDDIE (BP)5,592,784
20MADRIGAL, JAMBY (LP)5,397,163
21MAGSAYSAY, MITOS (UNA)4,473,549
22CASIÑO, TEDDY (MKB)3,484,921
23MACEDA, MANONG ERNIE (UNA)2,740,964
24COJUANGCO, TINGTING (UNA)2,400,326
25DELOS REYES, JC (KPTRAN)986,804
26ALCANTARA, SAMSON (SJS)955,131
27BELGICA, GRECO (DPP)897,069
29DAVID, LITO (KPTRAN)819,348
31LLASOS, MARWIL (KPTRAN)563,303
32SEÑERES, CHRISTIAN (DPP)559,968
33FALCONE, BAL (DPP)515,753