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Mocha’s party list group ranks 73rd, gets no seat

/ 05:26 AM May 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — “That seems incredible,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said when he learned that the party list group of former Assistant Communications Secretary Mocha Uson ranked 73rd in the midterm polls based on partial, unofficial results of 96.68 percent of election returns as of Wednesday.

The dismal showing could be due to Uson’s failure to concentrate on her campaign as she could have been “overconfident … given her five million online followers, most of them voting overseas,”  Panelo said.

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Uson’s AA-Kasosyo party list was also a new group so it had difficulty breaking into the top ranks, the Palace official added.

Uson could still help the country in another capacity, Panelo said.

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The fact that she resigned from the Palace means there were a lot of avenues she could turn to for help, he added.

Party list groups must have at least 2 percent of the votes cast to be given a seat in the House of Representatives.

With just more than 116,000 votes, or 0.43 percent of the votes cast, the Kasosyo party list has been shut out of any possible slot in Congress.

That means Uson, an avid supporter of President Duterte with a claimed five million followers on Facebook, would have to remain Citizen Mocha for now.

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