2022 Philippine Elections

Comelec proclaims 12 winning senators

Dwight de Leon
Comelec proclaims 12 winning senators
All 12 – mostly reelectionist or former senators – attend the proclamation ceremony
Comelec proclaims 12 winning senators

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec), sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), formalized the victory of 12 senatorial candidates who clinched seats in the 19th Congress, in a proclamation ceremony in Pasay City on Wednesday, May 18.

The senators were proclaimed from 12th to 1st ranking, namely:

12th: Jinggoy Estrada – 15,108,625
11th: Risa Hontiveros – 15,420,807
10th: JV Ejercito – 15,841,858
9th: Joel Villanueva – 18,486,034
8th: Juan Miguel Zubiri – 18,734,336
7th: Alan Peter Cayetano – 19,295,314
6th: Mark Villar – 19,475,592
5th: Francis Escudero – 20,271,458
4th: Sherwin Gatchalian – 20,602,655
3rd: Raffy Tulfo – 23,396,954
2nd: Loren Legarda – 24,264,969
1st: Robin Padilla – 26,612,434

The proclamation in the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) pushed through even though out of the 173 certificates of canvass, one COC has yet to be tallied.

Comelec proclaims 12 winning senators

The COC from Lanao del Sur has not been included, as some precincts there were affected by the failure of elections in some towns. Votes from the province will not be included in the final count until a special election is held in parts of the municipality of Tubaran on May 24.

But the supervisory group of the NBOC said the votes from Lanao del Sur will not affect the outcome of the senatorial race.

Estrada, who ranks 12th, has a lead of 1.8 million votes over former vice president Jejomar Binay, who is in 13th spot. Lanao del Sur has around 685,000 registered voters.

The new batch of legislators will make the Senate a more blatant family affair, with three pairs of relatives occupying a fourth of the total seats: siblings Pia Cayetano and Alan Peter Cayetano, mother-and-son Cynthia Villar and Mark Villar, and siblings JV Ejercito and Jinggoy Estrada.

The incoming Senate will also see a further weakened opposition, with reelectionist Senator Risa Hontiveros as the only guaranteed member of the minority. – Rappler.com

Dwight de Leon

Dwight de Leon is a multimedia reporter who covers local government units and the Commission on Elections for Rappler.