Top 5 in Senate race still Padilla, Legarda, Tulfo, Gatchalian, Escudero

The ranking of the top 5 senatorial candidates with the most number of votes remain untouched in the latest partial and official tally of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC).

Actor Robinhood “Robin” C. Padilla still got the most votes with 23.9 million followed by  Antique Representative Lorna “Loren” B. Legarda (21.96 million votes); Broadcaster Rafael “Raffy” T. Tulfo (21.47 million votes); Senator Sherwin “Win” T. Gatchalian (18.64 million votes); and Sorsogon Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero (18.5 million votes). 

Former Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar rose from the seventh to sixth place (17.44 million votes) in the latest count

Taguig first district Representative Alan Peter S. Cayetano was downgraded to seventh place (17.38 million). 

Also switching places are senatorial candidates are Senator Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva (16.97 million), who is now in eighth place and Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” F. Zubiri (16.78 million), who is now in ninth place. 

Rounding up the top 12 senatorial candidates are former senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito Estrada (14.35 million votes), Senator Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros-Baraquel (14.2 million votes); and former senator Jose “Jinggoy” Ejercito Estrada (13.74 million). 

The said ranking was contained in the National Tally Sheet issued by the NBOC, which covered 121 Certificate of Canvass (COC), which were processed as of last Thursday in Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

The processed COCs covered over 80.8 million votes. 

Tabulation discrepancy

On May 13, 2022, NBOC was able to process another 17 COCs, but it has yet to issue a new bulletin covering the said documents. 

During the said canvassing, the NBOC detected discrepancies in the votes for party-list in COC, Statement of Votes by Precinct (SOVP) and Tabulation sheet of Phnom Penh Pe (Cambodia) and Hanoi PE (Vietnam). 

In Phnom Penh Pe, the discrepancy involved the votes of the Magsasaka party-list, while Hanoi Pe, it covered the votes for Cancer party-list. 

A similar error was also detected for the position of senator in Vienna PE (Austria). 

Comelec Commissioner George M. Garcia said they corrected the said errors using the SOV as basis, which served as the source document for the COC. 

He said they will inform the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), and 

National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) about the said correction. 

The poll official said the discrepancy in the manually prepared COC to human error. (Samuel Medenilla)