Comelec proclaims top six senatorial winners

    Manila, Philippines - Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday night proclaims top six (6) senatorial race winners for May 2013 national elections. Though official count is not yet final, 72 CoCs and 13-million total votes basis - NBoC named new senators ( 5 from Team Pnoy and 1 from UNA).
    Photo: COMELEC proclaimed Senators ( Poe, Legarda and Escudero) for May 2013 elections
    Photo Credit: Yahoo Philippines

    As for the latest partial and official results from COMELEC, new senator-elect are Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero and Sonny Angara under Team Pnoy and Nancy Binay from United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). The latter is absent on the proclamation.

    "The commission en banc has just signed the Certificate of Proclamation,” Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., said Thursday night after the Clerk of Court, Maria Josephina E. dela Cruz, announced the authority given by the Constitution and Omnibus Election Code to proclaim winning candidates.

    Certificate of Proclamation for Binay was accepted by her lawyer on behalf of the senator-elect.

    Read: COMELEC latest partial, official results

    Earlier, UNA proposed to defer proclamation of senate winners. The opposition slate cited slow transmission of election returns and accused an employee of Smartmatic of tampering with data received by the so-called "Transparency Server."

    In a report, Comelec denied the petition "for lack of merit" via Resolution No. 0001-13. Brillantes said that results from 'Transparency Server' by which UNA is referring to is unofficial.

    Another petition has been filed election lawyer Romy Macalintal, who said the Comelec was violating its own May 6, 2013 resolution governing the conduct of the work of the National Board of Canvassers.

    Macalintal said that there's a violation of Section 4 and Section 18 of Resolution No. 9686, dated May 6, 2013, issued by the poll body.

    Section 4 of that resolution which governs the canvass proceeding of the National Board of Canvassers provides that the Board “shall canvass the Certificates of Canvass (COCs) for Senators and Party-list Representatives, and thereafter proclaim the winning candidates.”

    Macalintal explained that, “Section 18 of the same resolution provides that “upon completion of the canvass, the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) and the watchers if available shall certify the FINAL PRINTOUT of Canvass Report.”

    He said the proclamation of winning senatorial and party-list candidates must be “on the basis of the Certified Final Canvass Report” which is not yet present.
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