MANILA, Philippines - Bangon Pilipinas Party standard-bearer Bro. Eddie Villanueva and Liberal Party presidential bet Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III are leading the vote in the early results of the 2010 overseas absentee voting in Hong Kong, a newspaper for overseas Filipinos said.
An exit poll conducted by the Sun on the first Sunday of voting held last April 11 showed Villanueva ahead with 396 votes, or 36.1% of the total 2901 votes cast. Aquino has 392 votes or 35.7%. Running a distant 3rd is Manny Villar with 204 votes or 18.6%.
Other presidential candidates received only marginal support: Joseph Estrada of Pwersa ng Masa ng Pilipinas (PMP) had 34 votes; Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro of Lakas-Kampi-CMD (Lakas) with 26; Richard Gordon of Bagumbayan-VNP (B. Bayan) with 22; and Jamby Madrigal (Independent) with 2. Two other candidates, JC de los Reyes of Ang Kasangga Party (AKP) and Jesus Perlas (Independent), did not get a single vote.
In the vice presidential race, Aquino's running-mate, Mar Roxas, slightly edged out Bangon Pilipinas vice-presidential bet Perfecto Yasay Jr. Roxas received 326 votes, or 30.2%, while Yasay was just 1 vote down at 325, or 29.6%.
Third in the race was Villar's running mate, Loren Legarda, with 198 votes, or 18%.
Bangon Pilipinas candidates also dominated the race for the 12 Senate seats with six candidates. The six are Katherine “Kata” Inocencio (215 votes), Israel Virgines (180 votes), Zafrullah Alonto (179), Reynaldo Princesa (178), Alex Tinsay (177), and Adz Nikabulin (167).
Two Nacionalista Party guest candidates - Satur Ocampo of Bayan Muna and Liza Maza of Gabriela - had the most number of votes from absentee voters in Hong Kong. Ocampo received 248 or 22.6% of the votes while Maza had 221 votes or 20.5%.
Another Nacionalista guest candidate, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., was ranked eighth with 173 votes. Sen. Jinggoy Estrada of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino was tied at ninth place with Adz Nikabulin, with 167 votes.
Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. of Lakas ranked 10th on the list with 163 votes while former Senate President Franklin Drilon of the Liberal Party was last on the list with 159 votes.
Villanueva expressed elation over the exit polls. “Despite the financial advantage of our opponents, the war is far from over. And despite what surveys have said, Filipinos are rethinking their political choices. Surveys do not decide elections,” he said in a statement.
He said the Hong Kong vote is “an emphatic statement that OFWs know which candidate really cares for the ordinary Filipinos. May the rest of the electorate reflect on the choices of our OFWs, who keep this country alive by their remittances, and why they want us to lead this country and no other.”
The absentee voting in Hong Kong will run for three more Sundays.