According to the first batch of partial and official results from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), candidate Senator Bam Aquino broke into the monikered Magic 12, even as his fellow senate bets Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe persisted the top contenders in the senatorial race,
In the interim, JV Ejercito straggled at the 13th spot, edging out former Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., who slid below to the 14th spot.
Comelec has so far canvassed communicated results from 34 certificates of canvass (COCs) as of 9 p.m. with 167 COCs in total.
Aquino was in the 14th spot in the partial unofficial tally from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) transparency server as of writing.
Tallies being shown to poll watchdogs like PPCRV, as well as the media, through the transparency server was only partial and unofficial, according to Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas.
As the transparency server of the PPCRV, one of Comelec’s citizens’ arms, receives results transmitted from the vote-counting machines.
“The basis for the partial and unofficial tally of votes is the transparency server. The official tally will come from our canvassing now. Monitor it closely because that will be the official result,” Abas, speaking in Filipino, stated before Tuesday’s session resumed.
Abas added, “We will match it with the data from provinces and cities. That’s ladderized and will be the official thing. We are just about to do it now.”
He continued, “The source of the unofficial tally is the transparency server, while the source of the official tally is the ladderized canvassing.”
NBOC assembled on Monday at about 4:30 p.m. to begin the canvassing of votes for the midterm elections but later postponed its session at 5:25 p.m.
Vote canvassing and tallying restarted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.