Comelec takes 7-hour break

May 16, 2013 9:50 am 

MANILA, May 15 — The Commission on Elections, sitting as the national board of canvassers (NBOC), decided to take a seven-hour break with former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairperson Grace Poe still leading the senatorial contest after counting 54 certificates of canvass on Wednesday.

Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes announced the suspension of the canvassing at 12mn and will resume at 7a.m. on Thursday with the hope of proclaiming at least half of the 12 winning senators later in the evening.

”We will take a recess at 12 mid night and will resume at 7 tomorrow (Thursday) morning,” Brillantes announced.

A total of 25 countries with Filipino communities had registered zero votes, according to Comelec.

Brillantes said out of the 301 COCs, a total of 196 came from overseas absentee voting (OAV).

Two hours before the suspension, the NBOC released a partial and official results from 36 canvassed COCs which showed Poe leading with 3,440,764 votes followed by Loren Legarda and Chiz Escudero with 3,103,432 and 3,023,792 votes in second and third spots, respectively.

Alan Peter Cayetano is in fourth with 2,954,461 votes while Sonny Angara has 2,803,181 votes in fifth place followed by Nancy Binay with 2,724,274 votes and Koko Pimentel with 2,262,445 votes.

Completing the top 15 senatorial candidates are Bam Aquino with 2,532,348 votes, JV Ejercito (2,485,370), Richard Gordon (2,441,159), Antonio Trillanes (2,440,836), Gringo Honasan (2,339,937), Cynthia Villar (2,327,985), Juan Miguel Zubiri (2,023,140) and Jun Magsaysay (2,015,370). (PNA)

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