Villar still leading with only 2 remaining COCs to be tallied

CNN Philippines Staff

Reelectionist Senator Cynthia Villar continued to lead in the latest partial, official tally of the 2019 senatorial poll results by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Monday.

The COMELEC, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBC), suspended canvassing at 8:59 p.m., with only two of 167 Certificates of Canvass remained untallied.

Villar’s co-reelectionist Grace Poe remained behind Villar while former special aide Christopher “Bong” Go stayed in third place.

Completing the “Magic 12” is reelectionist Senator Nancy Binay. Reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino, the lone opposition bet near the winning circle, remained at the 14th place.

Here are the top 15 senators as of the latest partial, official tally:

1. Cynthia Villar – 25,215,678

2. Grace Poe – 21,981,275

3. Christopher “Bong” Go – 20,579,811

4. Pia Cayetano – 19,719,629

5. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa – 18,922,017

6. Edgardo “Sonny” Angara – 18,110,367

7. Lito Lapid – 16,937,755

8. Imee Marcos – 15,811,231

9. Francis Tolentino – 15,446,517

10. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III – 14,617,686

11. Ramon “Bong” Revilla – 14,608,102

12. Nancy Binay – 14,484,839

13. JV Ejercito – 14,281,173

14. Bam Aquino – 14,117,528

15. Jinggoy Estrada – 11,344,293

The NBC resumed it session at 8:13 p.m., canvassing three of the remaining five COCs. The tallied COCs were from Isabela, Japan and Nigeria.

The board will resume canvassing of overseas absentee voting results from Saudi Arabia and Washington D.C. in the United States on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

COMELEC Information and Education Department Director Frances Arabe earlier explained that the delay in the canvassing of the five COCs was due to defective secured digital (SD) cards. She said some SD cards used overseas were corrupted. There’s one supplier for both cards used overseas and the ones used locally.

Arabe also earlier said the winners will be proclaimed the earliest either on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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