By CNN Philippines Staff, Updated May 14, 2019
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) – Senatorial candidates allied with the adminisration are commanding the 12 Senate seats as the unofficial vote count reaches its tail end. On Tuesday, 10 of the 12 candidates in the so-called Magic 12 were publicly endorsed by Duterte.
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) — Senatorial candidates allied with the adminisration are commanding the 12 Senate seats as the unofficial vote count reaches its tail end.
On Tuesday, 10 of the 12 candidates in the so-called Magic 12 were publicly endorsed by Duterte. He has campaigned for his former officials Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Bong Go, and Francis Tolentino; reelectionists Cynthia Villar, Sonny Angara, and Koko Pimentel; former senators Pia Cayetano, Lito Lapid, Ramon “Bong” Revilla, and Ilocos Norte Representative Imee Marcos.
The only two candidates not backed by Duterte who made it to the partial and unofficial Top 12 are reelectionists Grace Poe and Nancy Binay.
Here are the 12 senatorial candidates with the highest number of votes, according to the available COMELEC data as of 9:46 a.m. with over 90 percent of election returns counted:
Senatorial race: Former Senator Bong Revilla is around 8,600 votes away from claiming the 10th spot from reelectionist Senator Koko Pimentel https://t.co/eYdBevH2HL #TheFilipinoVotes pic.twitter.com/dGbY2e57vZ
— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) May 14, 2019
JV Ejercito, another Duterte-endorsed bet, is trailing in the 13th spot with 13,764,425 votes.
Duterte formally endorsed 11 candidates. From his political party PDP-Laban, only one bet failed to secure a safe spot in the partial count. Dong Mangudadatu landed in the 19th rank with over 7 million votes. Folk singer Freddie Aguilar — the candidate Duterte often sings praises to — is in the 30th spot out of 62 candidates.
The midterm elections, held on May 13, are seen as a referendum on the administration.
Constitutional law professor Tony La Viña said the names on the list aren’t surprising.
“It follows the usual pattern. It is not an aberration,” he told CNN Philippines.
He noted the “enormous” resources of the Duterte administration to campaign for its bets.