In this March 7, 2019 photo, Sen. JV Ejercito speaks at the Kapihan sa Senado forum.
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JV Ejercito: No bitterness on not entering 'Magic 12'
( - May 20, 2019 - 4:15pm

MANILA, Philippines — Despite the possibility of not returning for a second term in the Senate, Sen. JV Ejercito said he does not feel any bitterness over his situation.

As of 10:10 a.m. Monday, Ejercito ranks 13th in the senatorial race with 14,224,622 votes next to Sen. Nancy Binay at the 12th spot with 14,448,498 votes.

"I do not feel any bitterness or even [depression] about the possibility of not making the Top 12 because the outpouring of support from the public has been overwhelming," Ejercito said on Twitter.

The senator also said that he knew he won "deep inside."

"But it has never been my nature not to be an obsrtuctionist," he said.

The Commission on Elections is looking to hold the proclamation of the new set of senators by Tuesday.

As of 1 p.m., the Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, only has five certificates of canvass (COCs) left to tabulate for the 2019 midterm elections.

The poll body is also waiting for the COCs from Jones, Isabela, where special elections are being held after vote counting machines were set on fire. — Patricia Lourdes Viray with reports from Rosette Adel

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