Two more canvasses remain unaccounted for; top 12 partylists unshaken

By Martin Sadongdong

After seven days of canvassing, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) on Monday night accounted for 165 Certificates of Canvass (COCs) out of the total 167 COCs for the midterm polls last week.

This was equivalent to 98 percent of the total votes or 47,177,858 votes that were counted by the Commission en banc.

The remaining COCs that have yet to be accounted for were from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Washington DC.

For the partylist race, the administration-allied Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) still emerged on top after obtaining 2,632,262 votes as of 8:48 p.m.

Opposition Bayan Muna Partylist, which is a member of the Makabayan bloc, came in at second place with 1,112,979 votes.

Coming in at third place was Ako Bicol Partylist with 1,047,525 votes while rounding up the Top 5 were Citizens' Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) Partylist with 927,408 votes and Ang Probinsyano Partylist with 769,745 votes.

Completing the Top 12 were 1Pacman Partylist with 712,607 votes; Marino Partylist with 681,185 votes; Probinsyano Ako Partylist with 630,051 votes; Senior Citizens Partylist with 511,995 votes; Magsasaka Partylist with 494,109 votes; Apec with 480,637 votes; and Gabriela Partylist with 446,995 votes.

The remaining two COCs are composed of at least 550,000 votes, according to the Comelec.

The Commission en banc will resume session at 10 p.m. Tuesday.