Comelec: Winning senators' proclamation by early next week in best case scenario

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 12) – The earliest time the winning senatorial candidates can be proclaimed is “early next week,” according to Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson Rex Laudiangco.

Laudiangco bared the optimistic target in a media briefing on Thursday afternoon, as he noted that the National Board of Canvassers has already canvassed 82 out of the 173 certificates of canvass (COC), and is expected to finish more later in the day.

He also said they are still waiting for some manually accomplished COCs.

“Meron lang po tayong kaunting hihintayin,” Laudiangco said. “Kaya nga po best case scenario projection is a week's time or so. Early next week.”

He said they will declare the winners as soon as “most of the COCs” have been covered, and assuming the remaining votes from the special elections will no longer affect the canvassing of votes.

As of 3:32 p.m, the partial and unofficial Comelec tally based on 98.35% of election returns showed actor Robin Padilla is still on top of the Senate race with 26.4 million votes. Antique Representative Loren Legarda comes in second with 23.9 million, followed by broadcaster Raffy Tulfo with 23.1 million.

Rounding up the top 12 are Senator Sherwin Gatchalian (20.37 million), Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero (20 million), former Public Works chief Mark Villar (19.2 million), Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano (19 million), Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri (18.5 million), Senator Joel Villanueva (18.3 million), former Senator JV Ejercito (15.6 million), Senator Risa Hontiveros (15.2 million), and former Senator Jinggoy Estrada (14.9 million).