• Comelec ready to proclaim winning senators

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    WITH nearly all of the 164 certificates of canvass (COCs) already in, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is confident of proclaiming all 12 winning senators and party-list groups on Thursday.

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    “There are very few (COCs) left, around three COCs,” Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said on Tuesday.

    She said that the tabulation committee is in the process of determining the number of seats for party-list and how many seats should be allocated for each winning group.

    “It depends on the total. So we have to wait for all the votes tomorrow. We will proclaim them all at the same time,” Guanzon added.

    The Comelec official said that they were double-checking the results to ensure that the numbers are accurate.

    She said that the Comelec en banc will also submit documented reports of its canvassing on Wednesday to the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

    The Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers for senatorial and party-list votes, came out yesterday with its senatorial consolidated canvass report for the local absentee voting (LAV) and overseas absentee voting (OAV).

    Topping the list, as of 9:33 a.m., was Richard Gordon (50,910), followed by Panfilo Lacson (49,066), Ralph Recto (44,180), Franklin Drilon (42,549), Kiko Pangilinan (42,069), Sergio Osmeña 3rd (41,248), Migz Zubiri (40,351), Manny Pacquiao (39,721), Vicente Sotto (38,063), Risa Hontiveros (30,179), Leila de Lima (30,032) and Joel Villanueva (29,628).

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