Comelec set to finish counting of votes

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 20 2019 03:10 PM

MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec), sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), is expected to finish processing Monday the remaining 5 certificates of canvass (COC) before winners can be proclaimed in the senatorial and party-list races.

The 5 COCs account for over 1.6 million registered voters and these could change the results for the last slots in the senatorial race.

The 5 are COCs from Isabela with 1,050,681 votes, Japan with 76,166 votes, Saudi Arabia with 326,620 votes, the United States with 228,472 votes, and Nigeria with 1,999 votes.

Results from Isabela are expected to come in today at 7 p.m.

Isabela is holding special elections in 5 clustered precincts in Barangay Dicamay 1, Jones town because of the intentional burning of vote counting machines there.

The Comelec is expected to resume canvass work at 1 p.m. Monday.

The partial, official tally from the NBOC as of Sunday evening shows reelectionist Sen. Cynthia Villar still leading 24,757,642 votes.

Here are the partial and official results from Comelec, as of Sunday night:
1. Cynthia Villar - 24,757,642
2. Grace Poe - 21,563,558
3. Bong Go - 20,223,738
4. Pia Cayetano - 19,390,096
5. Bato dela Rosa - 18,639,583
6. Sonny Angara - 17,786740
7. Lito Lapid - 16,587,742
8. Imee Marcos - 15,362,702
9. Francis Tolentino - 15,196,397
10. Kiko Pimentel - 14,395,957
11. Bong Revilla - 14,279,625
12. Nancy Binay - 14,065,071
13. JV Ejercito - 13,983,153
14. Bam Aquino - 13,895,154


The Comelec maintained it is not rushing the proclamation of winning senators and party-list groups.

“There has also been criticism that there’s something like an unseemly rush to proclaim. I’d like to point out we are not the ones hurrying the proclamation. In fact some people are complaining that we’re taking too much time,” Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said in a press conference.

Jimenez pointed out that the poll body maybe proclaiming winners this year sooner than it did in 2016.

The Comelec has also started paying the honoraria to the electoral boards who rendered poll duties on election day.

“With regard to the payment of honoraria nagsimula na tayong magbayad sa mga electoral board natin. Meron tayong mga pre-scheduled dates for the payment of honoraria which is different for every place and unfortunately hindi pa lahat naka-claim but we have 15 days to complete the payment and I think things are going to go smoothly,” he said.