Comelec proclaims ‘winning’ senators

News Philippines May 24, 2019 at 6:35 pm

And the winner isBy Marya Salamat

MANILA – Amid protests questioning the integrity and results of the elections, the Commissions on Elections (Comelec) hastened to finish the canvassing of senatorial votes until late evening of May 21 to proclaim the new senators early today, May 22. They rolled out the red carpet for the arriving senators, mostly President Duterte’s candidates, who posed for the cameras ala Oscars award night before walking into the Philippine International Convention Center.
Former First Lady Imelda Marcos, widow of deposed strongman Ferdinand Marcos and convicted of seven cases of corruption last November, arrived at the PICC ahead of her daughter and new Senator Imee Marcos. Duterte’s “Tol” Francis Tolentino who, like Imelda, is a former chair of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), walked the red carpet alone.
Movie and TV actors Lito Lapid and Bong Revilla regained their Senatorial seats. Actress Susan Roces accompanied daughter and reelected Senator Grace Poe, an independent candidate supported by progressive groups.

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