PASAY CITY, PHILIPPINES — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) finally proclaimed the 12 winning senatorial candidates on Wednesday, May 18, more than a week after the May 9 National and Local elections.
The winning senatorial candidates were proclaimed at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Forum Tent in Pasay City.
The 12 newly-elected senators are three newcomers, five former legislators, and four reelectionists.
Actor Robin Padilla, who is in first place with 26,612,434 votes, and broadcaster Raffy Tulfo, who is in third place with 23,396,954 votes, are both first-time legislators.
Mark Villar, a former Las Piñas Representative and former Secretary of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), is also a first-time member of the Upper House. He received 19,475,592 votes (6th place).
The five former senators also took their oaths and they are former Antique Representative Loren Legarda, who is in second place with 24,264,979 votes; former Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero, 20,271,458 (5th); former House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, 19,295,314 (7th); JV Ejercito, 15,841,858 (10th) and Jinggoy Estrada, 15,108,220 (12th).
Reelectionist senatorial candidates who were able to enter the “Magic 12” also took oath and they are fourth placer Senator Sherwin Gatchalian with 20,535,261 votes; Senator Miguel Zubiri, 18,734,336 (8th); Senator Joel Villanueva with 18,486,034 votes (9th); and Senator Risa Hontiveros, 15,420,807 (11th).
“Whereas, the Commission on Elections, sitting en banc as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) for Senators and Party-List Representatives, officially canvassed in open and public session, the votes cast for Senators in connection with the May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections (NLE),” Comelec Commissioner George Garcia stated this while reading NBOC Resolution No. 002-22, which was promulgated on May 18.
“Whereas, on May 17, 2022 the NBOC approved in open session the recommendation of the Supervisory Committee that the National Board of Canvassers can already proceed to proclaim the 12 winning candidates for Senator ranked from 1st,to the 12th based on the election results from the 172 out of the 173 Certificates of Canvass (COCs) canvassed by the NBOC considering that the election results in Shanghai and the Province of Lanao del Sur will no longer affect the ranking of the 12 winning candidates for Senator,” he added.
Following the reading of the resolution, the NBOC members presented the winning senators with the Certificate of Proclamation.
According to Section 4, Article VI of the Republic of the Philippines Constitution of 1987, the senators-elect will serve for six years, beginning at noon on June 30, 2022.
Meanwhile, Malacañang called on Filipinos to “move forward” and unite after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed the 12 senators who won in the 2022 elections. – WhatALife!
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