Duterte bets dominate senatorial race; Opposition fails to enter ‘Magic 12’

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte's allies are set to make an almost sweeping victory as they dominate the ‘Magic 12’ in the latest partial and unofficial results of the midterm elections.
Duterte bets dominate senatorial race; Opposition fails to enter ‘Magic 12’

Senatorial candidates from the Duterte-backed Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) and the administration party PDP-Laban, already claimed 9 spots in the top 12.


Factions from Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and independent have secured one seat each.

The opposition's Liberal Party (LP) came out empty handed with their Otso Diretso candidates.

As of 9:16 am, May 14 unofficial results, admin bets that are on the Magic 12 are re-electionist senator Cynthia Villar, former presidential aide Bong Go, Taguig representative Pia Cayetano, former police chief “Bato” Dela Rosa, re-electionist senator Sonny Angara, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, former presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino and re-electionist senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.

HNP endorsed another candidate, former Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., who is not, however, part of the President’s line-up.

Re-electionist senator Grace Poe runs independent, former senator Lito Lapid represents NPC while another re-electionist senator Nancy Binay is under UNA.

LP candidates are trailing behind – Bam Aquino having the mathematical chance of winning (14th), Mar Roxas (16th), Chel Diokno (21st), Gary Alejano (23rd), Samira Gutoc (25th), Romy Macalintal (26th), Lorenzo Erin Tañada (27th) and Pilo Hilbay (29th).

The results echoed the results of the recent Pulse Asia survey, dated May 3-6, 2019.

Here are the top 12 senatoriables as of 9:16 am, May 14, with 93.91% total election returns (ERs) processed:

Rank Candidate Votes
1 VILLAR, CYNTHIA (NP) 24,324,394
2 POE, GRACE (IND) 21,274,342
3 GO, BONG GO (PDPLBN) 19,707,885
4 CAYETANO, PIA (NP) 19,015,166
5 DELA ROSA, BATO (PDPLBN) 18,114,979
7 LAPID, LITO (NPC) 16,345,250
8 MARCOS, IMEE (NP) 15,269,193
10 PIMENTEL, KOKO (PDPLBN) 14,051,080
12 BINAY, NANCY (UNA) 14,028,244

View the latest partial and unofficial results for senatorial race here.

Duterte wants to work with official who will support him

In an interview earlier, President Duterte said his selection of candidates was based on best interest of the public and the government.

“Ang selection ko talaga is based on what is to the best interest of the public and government. Iyon lang. Wala akong hinihingi na iba,” Duterte said during a PDP-Laban campaign rally.

Duterte said he is hoping to fulfill all his campaign promises before his term ends, with the support of officials whom he trusts.

Among those promises are the anti-drug campaign, restoring law and order and elimination of corruption.

“These are the guys who stayed long enough to know the art of governance and just to be honest, that’s all. Iyan lang naman ang hinihingi ko,” Duterte said referring to his PDP-Laban bets.

“It’s very hard to really develop kung walang law and order. Kung walang law and order and everything…everybody is in a quandary, anong gagawin niya? I mean, I think [we are] being swallowed by the biggest threat of them all and that is the drug problem,” he added.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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