Senate ‘Magic 12’ proclaimed


SITTING as National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), the Commission on Elections proclaimed Thursday the 12 elected senators in the May 9 elections, with five of them first-timers, four old-timers, and three reelectionists.

SENATORS ALL: Leila De Lima, Sherwin Gathalian, Riza Hontiveros, Miguel Zubiri, Joel Villanueva, Franklin Drilon, Richard Gordon,Manny Pacquiao, Francis Pangilinan and Ralph Recto raise their hands during their proclamation at the PICC, in Pasay City, May 19. PHOTO BY RUSSELL PALMA

The newcomers are Joel Villanueva, former director-general of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; Rep. Manny Pacquiao, world boxing superstar; Risa Hontiveros, former director of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.; Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, of Valenzuela; and Leila de Lima, former Justice secretary.

The returning senators are Panfilo Lacson, formerly post-Supertyphoon Yoland rehabilitation czar; Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross; Juan Miguel Zubiri; and Francis Pangilinan, former food-security czar.

The reelectionists are Franklin Drilon, Vicente Sotto III and Ralph Recto.

Lacson and Sotto were not at the proclamation ceremonies held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), in Pasay City.

Below are the names with corresponding numbers of votes garnered by the 12 winning senators:

  1. Drilon             18,607,391 (Liberal Party)
  2. Villanueva     18,459,222 (Liberal Party)
  3. Sotto               17,200,371 (Nationalist People’s Coalition)
  4. Lacson            16,926,152 (Independent)
  5. Gordon           16,719,322 (Independent)
  6. Zubiri              16,119,165 (Independent)
  7. Pacquiao         16,050,546 (United Nationalist Alliance)
  8. Hontiveros     15,955,949 (Akbayan)
  9. Pangilinan      15,915,213 (Liberal Party)
  10. Gatchalian      14,953,768 (Nationalist People’s Coalition)
  11. Recto               14,271,868 (Liberal Party
  12. De Lima          14,144,070 (Liberal Party)

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