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