Nancy Binay not present during COMELEC proclamation of newly elected senators; Absence allegedly related to junking of UNA petition

Amita Legaspi of GMA News Online reports that on Thursday evening, May 16, "the Commission on Elections en banc, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, proclaimed six winning senatorial candidates in the May 13 midterm elections."

Amita Legaspi of GMA News Online reports that on Thursday evening, May 16, "the Commission on Elections en banc, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, proclaimed six winning senatorial candidates in the May 13 midterm elections." The report noted: "Partial results from the official canvassing showed that the six leading bets in the race are former MTRCB chairperson Grace Poe; re-electionist senators Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, and Alan Peter Cayetano; Nancy Binay; and Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara. The rest of the winners are expected to be announced Friday."


The report then pointed out that "Binay was not present during the proclamation and was represented by her lawyer, Donna Camitan." The report then explained: "Binay, daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay, ran under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), which had asked the Comelec to defer the proclamation due to the delays in the transmission of poll results. UNA’s motion was junked by the poll body earlier in the day." The report also cited COMELEC Commissioner Lucenito Tagle, who said that "Binay’s absence was related to UNA’s petition."

 

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