LAST 3 SENATORS KNOWN TODAY

05/17/10 - The incoming batch of senators is expected to be complete today, just a week after the May 10 elections, as the Commission on Elections continues its relatively fast canvass of voting results.

The Comelec believes it will be able to proclaim the last three senators today with only three million votes left to be canvassed, according to the poll body's spokesman James Jimenez.

On Saturday, the Comelec proclaimed nine candidates as among the country's new Senators. All but one are old faces returning to the upper House of Congress.

The poll body's officials did not convene as the National Board on Canvassers yesterday, but the Comelec's servers continued accepting results from the provincial board of canvassers.

"Hopefully we can get enough numbers to proclaim senators-elect by Monday," Jimenez told reporters.

He also said the Comelec might not wait to complete the canvass of the three million remaining votes if the figures at hand would not affect the ranking of the last three Senators.

"If the remaining figures would not be significant to the final count, then we will start proclaiming," he said.

Based on the Comelec's last count, former senator Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III, incumbent Senator Lito Lapid and incumbent Bukidnon Rep Teofisto Guingona III have a chance of making it to the Magic 12.

Osmeña had 10,996,061 votes, Lapid had 10,327,121 votes and Guingona had 9,686,352 votes.

Hovering just outside the list are Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, with 8,581,125 votes and Ruffy Biazon, with 8,148,685 votes.

The nine who were proclaimed earlier are actor-politician Ramon Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Juan Ponce Enrile, Pia Cayetano, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Ralph Recto and Vicente Sotto III.

The proclamations of local and national winning candidates in the May 10 elections have taken place in record time because of the automation of the counting of votes and the transmission of results, which was done for the first time.

But claims of electoral fraud and manipulation remain, although the number has been reduced.

In the meantime, newly elected Rep. Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City south district), said he was confident his brother “Serge” would get a seat in the Senate.

“Serge is a sure winner. The proclamation date is not important to me,” said Rep. Osmeña in a text message to Cebu Daily News yesterday. (INQUIRER)

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