Reelectionist Senators Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe continue to lead the senatorial race based on the partial and official count of the National Board of Canvassers, composed of Commission on Elections chairman and commissioners.
As of 11:52 p.m. Wednesday, Villar breached the 10 million votes mark, gathering a total of 10,416,332 votes, while Poe got 9,151,162.
On the third spot was former special assistant to the president Christopher ‘Bong’ Go with 8,549,086 votes followed by Taguig Representative Pia Cayetano with 8,417,229 votes.
Former Philippine National Police chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa remained at fifth spot with 8,025,527 votes.
Completing the top 12 are:
Sonny Angara (7,699,782)
Imee Marcos (7,157,978)
Lito Lapid (6,607,637)
Francis Tolentino (6,552,739)
Koko Pimentel (6,220,434)
JV Ejercito (6,079,028)
Nancy Binay (5,949,885)
Senator Bam Aquino dropped out of the Top 12 with 5,722,776 votes, followed by
Bong Revilla Jr. with 5,677,321 and Jinggoy Estrada with 4,696,167 votes.
The second day of canvassing lasted for 12 hours.
The canvassed votes were sourced from 89 certificates of canvass across the country and Philippine posts abroad.
A total of 167 certificates of canvass are expected to be sent to the NBOC, of which 130 will be electronically submitted.
Comelec expects to finish the canvassing of votes for senatorial candidates and party-list groups by the end of the week and the proclamation by next week.
The canvassing was briefly delayed when a legal counsel of a party-list group Append asked for access to the data logs in connection with the glitches during the transmission of election results.
Commission on Elections commissioner Rowena Guanzon called out lawyer Romel Bagares saying his motion was out of place.
"This is a canvassing and you should not cite your objection in the stage of canvassing," she said, even threatening to cite Bagares in contempt if he will not take his seat.
The canvassing will resume at 9 a.m. Thursday. —LDF, GMA News