CHICAGO (FAXX/jGLi) – Ten senatorial candidates backed by administration party’s Team PNoy trounced handily the opposition’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidates in partial returns from Washington, D.C.’s Philippine Embassy and various consulates in the United States, Caribbean, American Samoa and French Polynesia as of 7 p.m. Monday (May 13), according to the Philippine Embassy.
Re-electionist Sen. Chiz Escudero (Ind.) was the leading vote-getter when he tallied 2,180 votes, followed by two other re-electionist Senators Loren Legarda (Nationalist People’s Coalition) and Alan Peter Cayetano (NP) with 2,164 and 2131 votes, respectively.
They were followed by Grace Poe (Ind.), 2,026; Koko Pimentel (Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan), 1,999; Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. (Liberal
Party), 1962; Edgardo Angara (Laban ng Deomokratikong Pilipino), 1,918; Benigno “Bam” Aquino (LP), 1,818, Antonio Trillanes, IV, (Nationalista Party), 1,678; and Risa Hontiveros (Akbayan), 1,336.
Only former Senator Dick Gordon, who placed ninth, and re-electionist Sen. Gringo Honasan, 11th place, both of UNA made it to the magic 12 with 1,727 and 1,343 votes, respectively.
Rounding up the rest are Ed Hagedorn (Ind.), 938; re-electionist Jamby Madrigal (LP), 859; Teddy Casino (Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan), 309; and Bro. Eddie Villanueva (Bangon Pilipinas Party), 300, who brought up the rear.
OFW PARTY LIST LEADS THE VOTES
Although only one Party-List Representative was up for a vote, the leading party-list which collected most of the numbers of votes in Chicago’s three
precincts was the Alyansa ng OFW Party with 97 votes. It was followed by Seniors Citizens, 65; Gabriela, 20, Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC), 18; Migrante (Migrante Sectoral Party of Overseas Filipinos and their Families.), 13, and Akbayan, 5.
In Chicago’s three precincts, there were 7,619 registered voters but only 1,224 actually voted or a 16% percent turnout, according to Philippine Consul General Leo M. Herrera-Lim.
Since the voting in the Philippines closed at 7 p.m., Monday, the start of canvassing in the Chicago, started at 6 a.m. Monday. For the 1,238 ballots
counted manually, it took nearly 12 hours to complete the tallying of votes.Out of the 220 questionable ballots, 170 were declared valid while 50 were considered invalid. Some of the invalid votes were caused by different signatures and different number of ballots placed inside the ballot envelops specially among envelopes received by families.
Philippine Consulate’s Administrative Officer Silverio R. Manguerra, chairman of Special Ballot Reception and Custody Group (SBRCG), who was assisted by Consular assistants Danilo Cabanayan and Angelito Pamintuan, supervised the voting among the three precincts located inside the consulate.
Precinct No. One was headed by Consul General Herrera-Lim as Special Board of Election Inspector as chair and assisted by his consulate staff Maria Rosena Centeno and Cristina Aquino, the Consulate’s secretary. They counted 388 ballots.
Precinct No. Two was headed by Vice Consul Ricarte B. Abejuela, III, SBEI chair, assisted by Consulate’s staff Jerwin I. Mamalateo and Arneil Torres. They counted 378 ballots.Precinct No. Three was presided over by Vice Consul Alena S. Borra and was assisted by Consulate’s staff Maria Victoria Rivera and Annalisa Alcantara. They counted 372 ballots.
With the Monday’s mid-term election preceded by Saturday and Sunday, some last-minute voters had a hard-time making it to the consulate thinking the building was closed for the weekend to receive the ballots although the building was open 24 hours to accept proscrinators.
The ballots have to be turned in at 6 a.m. Monday morning in Chicago to coincide with the 7 p.m. closing of the voting centers Monday in the Philippines by snail mailing them or by delivering them by hand if they want their ballots to be counted.
GOING OVER THE VOTERS’ LIST: Consulate staff and Special Board of Election Inspector (SBEI) Maria Victoria Rivera (extreme left) goes over the voters list as her companions prepare to start the counting the ballots of Overseas Absentee Voting Monday (May 13) inside Precinct No. 3 in the Philippine Consulate General’s office of the Midwest in Chicago, Illinois. Looking on (seated) is SBEI precinct chair, Vice Consul Alena S. Borra, and consulate staff and SBEI Annalisa Alcantara. (FAXX/jGLi Photo by Joseph G. Lariosa)
RECORDING THE VOTES: Consulate staff and Special Board of Election Inspector (SBEI) Maria Victoria Rivera writes down the vote for Sen. Chiz Escudero during the counting of votes of Overseas Absentee Voting Monday (May 13) inside Precinct No. 3 in the Philippine Consulate General’s office of the Midwest in Chicago, Illinois. (FAXX/jGLi Photo by Joseph G. Lariosa)
TALLYING THE VOTES: Philippine Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim, Precinct One Special Board of Election Inspector (SBEI) chair, reads out the ballot as consulate staff Maria Rosena Centeno (left) SBEI writes the tally for the vote of party-list representative while Consulate’s Secretary and SBEI Cristina Aquino writes down the votes for the senators during the counting of Overseas Absentee Votes Monday (May 13) inside Precinct No. 1 in the Philippine Consulate General’s office of the Midwest in Chicago, Illinois. (FAXX/jGLi Photo by Joseph G. Lariosa)
SUMMING UP THE VOTES: Vice Consul Ricarte B. Abejuella, III, SBEI chair, Precinct No. 2, watches over consulate staff and Special Board of Election Inspector Arneil Torres as Torres sums up the tally for the party-list representatives votes. Tallying the senators’ votes at right is consulate staff and SBEI Jerwin I. Mamalateo last Monday (May 13) inside the Philippine Consulate General’s office of the Midwest in Chicago, Illinois. (FAXX/jGLi Photo by Joseph G. Lariosa)
TUCKING AWAY THE BALLOT BOXES: After almost a 12-hour work by the Philippine Consulate staff, Philippine Consulate’s Administrative Officer Silverio R. Manguerra, chairman of Special Ballot Reception and Custody Group (SBRCG), appears to wear a smile as he starts to keep away the ballot boxes while awaiting instructions from the Commission on Elections in Manila on what to do with those boxes last Monday (May 13) after the counting of Overseas Absentee Votes in the Philippine Consulate General’s office of the Midwest in Chicago, Illinois. (FAXX/jGLi Photo by Joseph G. Lariosa)