Bam in Magic 12 in early Comelec count but how long can he hang on?
Updated @ 2:06 a.m., May 15, 2019, to add details and quotes
MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Bam Aquino, an opposition candidate, broke into the so-called Magic 12, even as his fellow re-electionists Senators Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe remained the top contenders in the senatorial race, according to the first batch of partial and official results from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Meanwhile, Sen. JV Ejercito trailed at the 13th spot, edging out former Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., who slid down to the 14th spot.
The Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, has so far canvassed transmitted results from 34 certificates of canvass (COCs) as of 9 p.m.
There are 167 COCs in total.
Here are the partial, official results as of 9 p.m., Tuesday (May 14):
- Cynthia Villar: 4,092,454
- Grace Poe: 3,650,288
- Christopher “Bong” Go: 3,293, 341
- Pia Cayetano: 3,251,819
- Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa: 3,128,061
- Sonny Angara: 3,022,955
- Imee Marcos: 2,850,643
- Francis Tolentino: 2,584,833
- Lito Lapid: 2,520,316
- Aquilino Pimentel III: 2,439,571
- Nancy Binay: 2,366,035
- Bam Aquino: 2,335,724
- JV Ejercito: 2,292,264
- Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.: 1,997,438
Aquino is 14th in PPCRV tally
As of this writing, Aquino was in the 14th spot in the partial unofficial tally from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) transparency server.
The transparency server of the PPCRV, one of Comelec’s citizens’ arms, receives results transmitted from the vote-counting machines.
According to Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas, the tally being shown to poll watchdogs like PPCRV, as well as the media, through the transparency server was only partial and unofficial.
“The basis for the partial and unofficial tally of votes is the transparency server. The official tally will come from our canvassing now. Monitor it closely because that will be the official result,” Abas, speaking in Filipino, said before Tuesday’s session resumed.
“We will match it with the data from provinces and cities. That’s ladderized and will be the official thing. We are just about to do it now,” Abas added. “The source of the unofficial tally is the transparency server, while the source of the official tally is the ladderized canvassing.”
The NBOC convened on Monday at around 4:30 p.m. to start the canvassing of votes for the midterm elections but later adjourned its session at 5:25 p.m.
The canvassing of votes resumed at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
(Editor: Alexander T. Magno) (Re-edit: Abe Cerojano)