By Ferdinand Patinio, PNA
MANILA — Majority of the administration’s senatorial candidates dominate the top 12 of the senatorial race in the just-concluded mid-term elections on Monday.
The figure is based on the partial official tally of the votes from 34 Certificates of Canvass (COCs) by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC).
Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Senate bets included in the Top 12 are reelectionist Senator Cynthia Villar, who topped the list with 4,092,454 votes, former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go, 3,293,341 (3rd); former Senator Pia Cayetano, 3,251,819 (4th); and former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Bato dela Rosa, 3,128,061 (5th).
Also included are reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara, 3,022,955 (6th); former Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, 2,850,643 (7th); former Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino, 2,584,833 (8th); and re-electionist Koko Pimentel, 2,439,571 (10th).
Completing the partial official list are re-electionist Senator Grace Poe (2nd), 3,650,288; former Senator Lito Lapid, 2,520,316 (9th); re-electionist Nancy Binay, 2,366,035 (11th) and opposition bet and re-electionist Senator Bam Aquino, 2,335,724 (12).
The NBOC officially convened on Monday but only started canvassing the votes Tuesday afternoon.
Among the COCs canvassed are from the cities of Makati, Mandaluyong, Las Pinas, Muntinlupa, Ilocos Norte, Marinduque, Lapu-Lapu City, Camiguin, Iligan City, and Agusan del Norte.
Also canvassed were the COCs of overseas absentee voters from Singapore and Greece.
The NBOC is set to reconvene at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. (PNA)