Duterte-supported bets sweep midterm polls

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By JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL
May 15, 2019

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CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May 15) - The 2019 midterm national and local elections showed the Dutertes are still in command as far as convincing the electorates whom to vote during elections. And this is a great manifestation of a future plan ahead in 2022.

The early partial unofficial tally of the Commissions on Elections (Comelec) Manila showed the opposition candidates making its mark in the so-called Magic 12 but as the counting of the Board of Canvassers reach more than 70-80 percent, the opposition bets gradually lost their powers and eventually vanished in the Magic 12 that are now dominated by the Duterte-led political parties.

On top of the Magic 12 was re-electionist senator Cynthia Villar who got a partial unofficial tally of 24,082,934 votes based on the Comission on Elections as of 4:40am on Tuesday, May 14. As of presstime there were already 92.61 percent of precincts have results transmitted. 

Grace Po, who ran independent was interestingly at the second spot with 21,078,911 votes, while Bong Go climbed fast to the top 3 with 19,480,785 votes.

Of the Magic 12, only Poe was not from the Dutertes' list as Poe ran independent. But all of the 11 other senatorial aspirants for this 2019 midterm polls were from the Dutertes' backed political parties - Hugpong ng Pagbabago, led by Mayor Sarah Duterte and PDP-Laban backed by President Duterte. 

What is very surprising is the surge of three neophyte politicians to the top of the Magic 12 - Bong Go, Bato dela Rosa and Francis Tolentino, denying the entry of veteran politicians Bam Aquino, Mar Roxas and JV Ejercito to the top 12. 

Other senators who made it to the Magic 12 include:

Pia Cayetano
Bato dela Rosa
Sonny Angara
Lito Lapid
Imee Marcos
Francis Tolentino
Koko Pimentel
Nancy Binay
Bong Revilla

Meanwhile, JV Ejercito is tailing Bong Revilla at the 13th spot. JV is still hoping that the favor will come to him as soon as all votes are already casted by the Comelec Manila.

None of the Otso Deretso senatorial candidates of the opposition make it to the Magic 12. Bam Aquino and Mar Roxas who are expected to win as they are among the top contenders to the vacant senatorial slots, but the charms of the two Dutertes prevented them from shining and regaining post at the Magic 12. Although Bam Aquino made it to the Magic 12 at the early counting of votes by the PPCRV.


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