In Bicol, 4 Otso Diretso candidates make it to Magic 12

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In Bicol, 4 Otso Diretso candidates make it to Magic 12
Senatorial candidates Bam Aquino, Mar Roxas, Chel Diokno, and Gary Alejano are in the winners' circle for the region of Bicol

MANILA, Philippines – The partial and unofficial results of the 2019 elections show that none of the opposition candidates have made it to the Magic 12, as of 3:13 pm on Tuesday, May 14.

Reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino is the leading Otso Diretso candidate at 14th place. Former interior secretary Mar Roxas is ranked 16th, while human rights lawyer Chel Diokno is 21st. The 5 other members of their slate are farther behind.

Bicol, however, tells a different story. Four candidates from the Otso Diretso slate are included in the region’s top 12.

Aquino is second with 1.3 million votes, followed by Roxas at fifth place with 993,226 votes. Diokno is ranked 11th with 682,476 votes and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano is 12th with 666,736 votes.

Out of all provinces in the country, Otso Diretso performed best in the Bicolano province of Camarines Sur, where it had garnered 35.6% of the total senatorial votes as of 3:13 pm on Tuesday. This is compared to Hugpong ng Pagbabago and other parties.

Camarines Sur is the bailiwick of opposition leader Vice President Leni Robredo, who hails from Naga City. In the 2016 elections, Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas got 56.1% of the total votes in Naga City, while his running mate Robredo got 88.8%. (READ: Can Otso Diretso do a repeat of Robredo’s 2016 victory?)

Three more Otso Diretso candidates entered the Magic 12 in Camarines Sur, including Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc at 10th place, election lawyer Romy Macalintal at 11th, and former congressman Erin Tañada at 12th. –

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