Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The counting begins

Yesterday was Election Day in the Philippines, ending months of campaign sorties, the playing of pop songs horribly mangled into campaign jingles blared from loudspeakers everywhere, and TV commercials featuring the "senatoriables". For some reason, I've been quite apathetic this election season, though I did go to the polling center several streets away and cast my vote.

It's too early to tell who will be sworn into office, though Mayor Sonny Belmonte and Vice-Mayor Herbert Bautista of Quezon City were unopposed this time.

Got these updates:

May. 15, 2007 05:54:00

Escudero leads in 1st release of Namfrel quick count results

Genuine Opposition (GO) senatorial candidate Francisco Escudero topped the first release of the National Movement for Free Elections’ (Namfrel) partial and unofficial tally with 18,784 votes gathered from 602 out of 288,864 precincts.

Seven other GO candidates are also in the top 12 of Namfrel’s initial list while two Team Unity candidates made it to the Magic 12. Independent candidates Francisco Pangilinan and Gregorio Honasan are ranked sixth (14,512 votes) and ninth (12,699 votes), respectively.

Escudero is closely followed by GO colleague Loren Legarda with 17,729 votes and Panfilo Lacson with 16,929 votes. Benigno Aquino III is fourth on the list with 16,009 votes and Manuel Villar is fifth with 15,420 votes.

The rest of the GO candidates in the top 12 are Allan Peter Cayetano (14,124 votes), Anthony Trillanes IV (13,449) and Aquilino Pimentel III (12,477).

Posted by : Alex Villafania at Namfrel HQ in Mandaluyong


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May. 15, 2007 06:45:00

Initial, partial, unofficial AMA tally results as of 6:39 a.m. of May 15

The top 12 senators based on the latest partial, unofficial AMA Quick Count:

Escudero, Francis Joseph (Chiz) 888,577

Legarda, Loren (Loren) 820,969

Lacson, Panfilo (Ping) 767,904

Aquino, Benigno Simeon III (Noynoy) 760,810

Villar, Manuel Jr (Manny) 724,671

Pangilinan, Francis (Kiko) 713,686

Cayetano, Allan Peter (Companero) 631,716

Arroyo, Joker (Joker) 586,603

Trillanes, Antonio IV (Magdalo) 553,885

Honasan, Gregorio (Gringo) 553,758

Angara, Edgardo (Ed) 551,397

Pimentel, Aquilino III (Koko) 539,023

Posted by : Joey Alarilla at INQUIRER.net



2 comments:

John said...

For some reason, I've been quite apathetic this election season, though I did go to the polling center several streets away and cast my vote.

I can sympathize.

Here in the U. S., the 2008 elections are 18 months away, and the presidential campaign is already well underway.

I used to love politics. Now my general attitude is that it's something of a necessary evil.

sunnyday said...

I think when not much progress is happening, it's easy to fall into this apathy. But I'm hoping it's just temporary. We'll see what happens after this election!

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