Mindanao delivers landslide victory for administration-backed senatorial bets

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 14 2019 10:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte raises the hands of administration-backed bets at a campaign rally in Koronadal City on March 26, 2019. Arman Baylon, Presidential Photo/File

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte's home region Mindanao delivered a landslide victory for administration-backed senatorial bets in the midterm elections.

Duterte's long-time aide Christopher "Bong" Go and former police chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa topped the southern region's "Magic 12" with 5.7 million and 5.3 million votes.

Reelectionist Sen. Grace Poe was the lone independent candidate in the region's top 12 with 3.3 million votes.

Other candidates who made it were reelectionist Cynthia Villar (5 million votes), who has been leading the national tally, Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano (4 million votes), former presidential adviser Francis Tolentino (3.8 million votes), reelectionist Sonny Angara (3.7 million votes), Cagayan de Oro City native Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel (3.6 million votes), returning former lawmaker Bong Revilla (3.5 million votes), Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos (3.1 million votes), and reelectionist Sen. JV Ejercito and Dong Mangudadatu with 3 million votes each.

In Duterte's bailiwick Davao City, none of the opposition nor independent and non-aligned candidates were in the top 12, based on 99.91 percent of election returns as of 8:22 p.m.

Otso Diretso candidates, meanwhile, got less than 2 million votes in the southern region, with Bam Aquino getting the highest at 1.7 million.

The opposition slate was shut out of the top 12 nationwide, based on 95.37 percent of election returns as of 8:22 p.m.

In Visayas, only two opposition senatorial candidates made it in the top 12, with opposition bet Mar Roxas clinching the 12th spot in his home region. Aquino placed 7th with 3.1 million votes.

Senatorial race laggards Larry Gadon, Glenn Chong, and Willie Ong, meanwhile, made it to the top 12 in results of overseas absentee voting based on election returns from the Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and the Africas.

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