MANILA, Philippines?As of 8 p.m. Friday night, a total of 120,128 overseas votes from 130 countries and local absentee voters had been canvassed by the congressional board of canvassers.
The Liberal Party?s Sen. Benigno Aquino III got 61,742, or 51.36 percent of the votes counted, followed by Gilbert Teodoro (16,574), Joseph Estrada (13,982), Sen. Manuel Villar (11,421), Eddie Villanueva (10,683), Sen. Richard Gordon (5,052), JC de los Reyes (203), Sen. Jamby Madrigal (207), Nicanor Perlas (190), and Vetallano Acosta (74).
A total of 119,494 votes were canvassed for vice president, with the LP?s Sen. Manuel Roxas II getting 63,582, or 53.2 percent of the votes counted, followed by Jejomar Binay (26,385), Loren Legarda (10,985), Bayani Fernando (8,586), Perfecto Yasay Jr. (6,718), Edu Manzano (2,416), Jay Sonza (611), and Dominador Chipeco (211).
The biggest of the votes canvassed last night were from local absentee voters (18,826), the United States (11,825), the United Arab Emirates (7,545), Kuwait (5,139), Italy (5,010), Canada (3,321), and Saipan (3,211). Nearly a dozen countries from Africa and the Caribbean registered zero to one vote.
The votes from Hong Kong and Singapore, which both have large Filipino communities, were not counted as they will be included in the canvass of electronic returns.
The canvass committee adjourned at 8:50 p.m. after canvassing 131 certificates of canvass (CoCs). This means that 147 out of the 278 CoCs are still left to be canvassed. Congress will resume canvassing on Monday with a slight break at 4 p.m. when the House will open its session and promptly close to continue with the national count. Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.