THE Commission on Elections (Comelec), sitting as the National Board of Canvasser (NBOC), started on Tuesday the official canvassing of votes for senators and party-list groups.
Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said the NBOC will canvass 164 certificates of canvass (COCs), including from 82 posts abroad.
However, it will not count the poll results from the province of Davao del Sur because of an error made by the members of the board of election inspectors (BEIs) during the final testing and sealing (FTS) of the counting machines.
Senior Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said that the BEIs were not able to remove the names of sample candidates.
“We discussed with the parties. What we agreed was, for purposes of today’s canvassing, we will not canvass the province of Davao del Sur. We will wait for the official transmission of the province and also the transmission of printed hard copies signed by all members of the Provincial Board of Canvassers,” he said.
Lim said the PBOC will compare the two results from the said province and select that which will match the provincial certificate of canvass for Davao del Sur.
To speed up the process, the NBOC will dispense with the individual reading of votes of every candidate. Instead, the representatives of each senator and party-list group will review and take pictures of the certificate of canvass.
Bautista said they want to proclaim the 12 winning senators and the party-list groups in a week’s time.
As of presstime, the NBOC has canvassed 28 COCs from 10 overseas posts, 10 provinces and eight cities.
First to arrive was the COC from San Juan City, which was topped by former Senator Richard Gordon who got 37,273 votes. The 11 others were former Senator Panfilo Lacson (34,998), Joel Villanueva (33,373), Win Gatchalian (29,108), Vicente Sotto (28,741), Risa Hontiveros (27,867), Frank Drilon (27,109), Migz Zubiri (25,251), Serigo Osmena III (245,390), Leila de Lima (24,381), Kiko Pangilinan (24,326) and Isko Moreno Domagoso (22,356).
The 10 overseas COCs came from Yangon in Myanmar, Prague, Buenos Aires, Vatican, Singapore, Spain, Kingdom of Bahrain, Republic of Lebanon, Republic of Korea and Qatar.
The others were from the provinces of Tarlac, Zambales, Batangas, Biliran, Camiguinj, Sorsogon, Batanes, Biliran North Cotabato and Siquijor, and from the cities of Lapu-Lapu, Baguio, Cebu, Taguig-Pateros, Bacolod, Malabon, and Las Pinas.