Admin bets still dominate 'Magic 12' after hours-long delay in poll updates
Partial and unofficial tally of votes for the senatorial race were stalled for hours due to a problem in ending the data from the transparency server to media computers linked to it, according to the Commission on Elections.
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Admin bets still dominate 'Magic 12' after hours-long delay in poll updates
( - May 14, 2019 - 2:47am

MANILA, Philippines — After seven hours, the Commission on Elections transparency server updated its transparency server to reflect the vote counts for the 2019 national elections.

The poll body earlier admitted that a technical issue slowed down the transmission of the partial unofficial count to media partners. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez stressed, though, that the server itself was receiving data.

The initial results, which were in the tens of thousands, were released at 6:15 p.m. The Comelec released its second update at 1:19 a.m. showing votes in the millions.

Sen. Cynthia Villar maintained her lead in the senatorial race followed by Sen. Grace Poe, former presidential aide Bong Go and Rep. Pia Cayetano (Taguig City).

Completing the "Magic 12" so far are former Philippine National Police chief Bato dela Rosa, Sen. Sonny Angara, former Sen. Lito Lapid, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos., former presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino, Sen. Nancy Binay, Sen. Koko Pimentel and former Sen. Bong Revilla.

A majority of in the top 12 in the latest results are allied with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte's Hugpong ng Pagbabago coalition except for Poe, who ran as an independent, and Binay, who ran under the United Nationalist Alliance.

In the latest update, Pimentel rose to the 11th spot from the 13th place. Sen. JV Ejercito, meanwhile, dropped to the 13th place after placing 12th in the 6:15 p.m. partial unofficial results.

Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu (Maguindanao) of the administration PDP-Laban party and singer Freddie Aguilar, both of whom President Rodrigo Duterte endorsed, did not make it to the top 12.

Jimenez earlier explained that there was an issue with sending the data from the transparency server to media computers linked to it, causing the delay in the released of the results.

He clarified that there was no problem with the transparency server itself. — Patricia Lourdes Viray

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LATEST UPDATE: June 4, 2019 - 6:26pm

Updates on the conduct of the Philippines' elections.

June 4, 2019 - 6:26pm

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says only Cardema's application for substitution was given due course.

"His substitution is not yet granted because there is a pending petition or opposition on the ground that he us over 30 yrs old and cannot be a representative of a youth sector party list," she adds.

June 4, 2019 - 5:08pm

The Palace says it had nothing to with the Commission on Elections decision to approve Cardema as a substitute nominee for the Duterte Youth, a party-list that is actually for the "youth and professionals" sector.

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Palace recognizes Comelec's independence as a constitutional body.

June 4, 2019 - 4:30pm

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez says the substitution of former National Youth Commission Chair Ronald Cardema as Duterte Youth party-list nominee has been approved.

One Comelec commissioner dissented and one abstained in the voting.

May 24, 2019 - 9:09am

Sen. JV Ejercito says that he is open to a Cabinet position if President Rodrigo Duterte offers him one.

"If I know I will be effective, if I know that I'll be able to help in that position, if I can share my expertise, why not?" he says in an interview over ANC's "Headstart."

May 24, 2019 - 9:07am

Sen. JV Ejercito who lost his re-election bid says that if his brother Jinggoy Estrada had not run, he would have secured a Senate seat.

Their father, Erap Estrada, who also lost his re-election bid as Manila mayor, allowed both Jinggoy and him to run because he didn't want to choose between them, Ejercito says in an interview over ANC's "Headstart."

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