Comelec proclaims 12 winning senators

Ten days after the May 9 national and local elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec), sitting as National Board of Canvassers (NBoC), officially proclaimed the 12 winning senatorial candidates Thursday.

In a formal ceremony at the 2016 Elections Headquarters at the Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, NBoC chairman Juan Andres Bautista, together with the other members of the NBoC, led the proclamation of newly elected Senators.

Proclaimed were Senate President Franklin Drilon who garnered 18,607,391 (1st) votes; Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, 18,459,222 (2nd); Vicente Sotto III, 17,200,371 (3rd); Panfilo Lacson,Sr., 16,926,152 (4th); Richard Gordon, 16,719,322 (5th); Juan Miguel Zubiri, 16,119,165 (6th); Emmanuel Pacquiao, 16,050,546 (7th); Anna Theresia Hontiveros-Baraquel, 15,915,213 (8th); Francis Pangilinan, 15,955,949 (9th); Sherwin Gatchalian, 14,953,768 (10th); Ralph Recto, 14,271,868 (11th) and Leila Norma Eulalia Josefa de Lima, 14,144,070 (12th).

Sotto and Lacson failed to attend the ceremony, their certificates of proclamation were accepted by their respective counsels, Romulo Macalintal and Sixto Brillantes Jr.

This is the third try for Baraquel, who lost in the 2010 and 2013 polls while the Representative Pacquiao of province of Sarangani, the former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority chief Villanueva, the former Valenzuela Congressman Gatchalian and former Justice Secretary De Lima were all first timers.

Drilon, Sotto and Recto are incumbent senators while Lacson, Gordon, Zubiri and Pangilinan are comebacking lawmakers.

"Therefore, by virtue of the powers vested in it the Comelec en banc, sitting as NBoC, hereby proclaims the 12 duly-elected senators of the Republic of the Philippines in the May 19, 2016 national elections to serve for a term of six years beginning on June 30, 2016," said Resolution 007-16.

Source: Tribune

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