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3 more senators proclaimed by Comelec

By , Nikko Dizon

Three more senatorial winners were proclaimed on the fifth day of canvassing on Friday by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) but only seventh-placer Paulo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV showed up for the ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Center late Friday night.

Amid questions about the slow pace of canvassing and doubts over the propriety of proclaiming winners this early, the Comelec declared the seventh to ninth placers—Aquino, Antonio Trillanes IV and Aquilino Pimentel III—senators-elect.

ALL ALONE. Senator-elect Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV of the Liberal Party coalition poses with his wife after receiving his certificate of proclamation from the Commission and Elections Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). Partymates Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, and Antonio Trillanes IV were also proclaimed but were no-shows. NOY MORCOSO/INQUIRER.net

Aquino, a cousin of President Benigno Aquino III, was personally escorted by Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. as he took his place before the Comelec sitting as the national board of canvassers (NBOC).

“Our campaign was not hard, but I know being a senator will be equally hard… I’m sure while I am senator for the next six years, we will be together to work for the future of our country,” Aquino said in brief remarks.

Trillanes out of town, Pimentel ill

“Senator Trillanes is out of town so he will not be able to make it tonight. Senator Pimentel will also not make it tonight as he said he is somehow feeling ill,” Brillantes said.

The proclamation of the three candidates came a day after the first-six placers were declared winners on Thursday. Only three more slots are unfilled with the official proclamation of the nine senators-elect.

Aquino was accompanied by his wife, Mary Fatima, his father, Paul, relatives, friends and supporters. Everyone wore yellow, the Aquino family signature color, except for the new senator’s wife who wore a dark blue lace dress and his father who was in barong Tagalog.

Aquino said the last time he spoke with his cousin, the President, was last Monday, Election Day, when he thanked him for his support throughout the campaign.

Aquino said he received a call from the Comelec at about 4.30 p.m. for him to go over to the PICC for the proclamation.

He said he did not ask the NBOC about the swirling controversy over the early proclamation of the winners.

On the criticisms of the Comelec’s too early proclamation of the winners in the senatorial contest, he said: “The Comelec has answered all of these questions already. In my case, I am just happy to be proclaimed. It was a very long election prior and we are happy that we reached this point,” he told reporters.

He said repeatedly that he was happy to be proclaimed and that he was eager “to start working for the country.”

Aquino said he would want to join the committees on women, youth and sports, and commerce and industry, and will be pushing his advocacies for entrepreneurship and micro-entrepreneurship.

The Comelec on Friday made a huge leap in the pace of its canvassing of the senatorial vote, reporting that it had now canvassed more than 90 percent of the vote a day after its controversial proclamation of the top six winners of the election contest.

As of 6.30 p.m. Friday, the Comelec, sitting as the NBOC, finished tabulating 113 certificates of canvass (COCs), out of a total 304 COCs.

The 113 COCs represent 34,604,531 out of the country’s registered voting population of 52 million.

Assuming a 70 to 75 percent turnout, some 38 million Filipinos voted in Monday’s elections.

90 percent of vote

This means the Comelec has accounted for slightly over 90 percent of the vote. Most of the 195 COCs left uncounted are overseas absentee votes, many of which represent only a few voters. Out of 304 COCs, 198 COCs are overseas, while 106 are local.

Grace Poe was still leading in the partial, official tally of the Comelec, followed by Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero, Nancy Binay and Juan Edgardo Angara.

The first six were officially proclaimed on Thursday night in alphabetical order.

The next six places are occupied by Aquino, Pimentel, Trillanes, Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito and Gregorio Honasan.

Hovering just outside the Magic 12, Richard Gordon was back in 13th place, followed by Juan “Jack” Ponce Enrile and Miguel Zubiri.

COMELEC TALLY

PARTIAL, OFFICIAL

as of 7:35 p.m., May 17

117 out of 304  COCs

Senatorial bets Votes

1              POE                       18,697,429

2              LEGARDA             17,160,208

3              CAYETANO          16,168,156

4              ESCUDERO          16,148,955

5              BINAY                  15,358,420

6              ANGARA              14,714,561

7              AQUINO              14,086,288

8              PIMENTEL           13,466,306

9              TRILLANES           12,958,307

10           VILLAR                 12,725,809

11           EJERCITO             12,566,069

12           HONASAN           12,153,688

13           GORDON             11,673,359

14           ENRILE                 10,575,933

15           ZUBIRI                 10,506,446

16           MAGSAYSAY, R. 10,377,948

17           HONTIVEROS     10,115,604

18           HAGEDORN        7,901,113

19           VILLANUEVA      6,446,252

20           MADRIGAL         6,173,959

21           MAGSAYSAY, M. 5,115,384

22           CASIÑO                               3,930,504

23           MACEDA              3,170,748

24           COJUANGCO     2,847,173

25           DELOS REYES      1,108,529

26           ALCANTARA       1,090,613

27           BELGICA               1,030,445

28           PENSON               947,431

29           DAVID                  927,379

30           MONTAÑO         902,787

31           LLASOS                629,789

32           SEÑERES              625,781

33           FALCONE             592,909

SOURCE: http://www.inquirer.net/

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