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MANILA, Philippines — Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Bam Aquino was knocked out of the “winning circle” after more than 24 hours of barging into the Magic 12, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) official count showed late Wednesday night.
According to the latest partial and official count of Comelec, Aquino slid from 12th place to 13th place on the second day of canvassing of votes that adjourned at 11:59 p.m.
READ: Bam in Magic 12 in early Comelec count but how long can he hang on?
Following Aquino’s fall, administration-backed senatorial bets dominated the Senate race with a total of nine out of 12, coming from the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP).
PDP-Laban is chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte himself while HNP is the regional party formed by presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio. PDP-Laban is the political party of the administration.
Based on the partial canvass report released by Comelec sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), reelectionists Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe remained at the lead with 10,416,332 votes and 9,151,162 so far, respectively, followed by former Duterte aide Bong Go with 8,549,086.
Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano followed with 8,417,229 votes, former national police and corrections bureau chief Bato dela Rosa with 8,025,527 votes, reelectionist Sonny Angara with 7,699,782, Ilocos Norte Rep. Imee Marcos with 7,157,978, actor and Senate “comebacker” Lito Lapid with 6,607,637, Mr Duterte’s former adviser and former Metro Manila traffic czar Francis Tolentino with 6,552,739, reelectionist Koko Pimentel at 6,220,434, reelectionist JV Ejercito at 6,079,028, and reelectionist Nancy Binay at 5,949,885.
Aquino got 5,722,776, while reelectionist Bong Revilla followed in the 14th spot at 5,677,321 votes.
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