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Brillantes to resign if 6 proclaimed senators-elect will be bumped off top 12

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Local and foreign observers gather at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City Tuesday to witness the official canvassing of votes prepared by Commission On Elections with the National Board of Canvassers. (MNS photo)

Local and foreign observers gather at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City Tuesday to witness the official canvassing of votes prepared by Commission On Elections with the National Board of Canvassers. (MNS photo)

MANILA, May 17 (Mabuhay) — Elections chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. said Friday that he will resign form his post if it will be proven that the six senatorial candidates proclaimed Thursday night will be bumped off the top 12.

Brillantes issued such remarks amid criticisms on the legality of the partial proclamation. The proclamation of the six leading candidates was done without mentioning the number of votes obtained by the six.

Thiose proclaimed Thursday evening were Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, Chiz Escudero, Nancy BInay and Sonny Angara. Except for Binay, all were from Team PNoy. Binay also failed to show up in the ceremony, as she was represented by lawyer Donna Camitan.

“Now prove to me that any of the first six matatanggal sa 12. Ilalaban ko, magreresign ako pag natanggal yung anim anywhere, pag natanggal yung anim doon sa 12,” Brillantes told reporters.

“Wala naman kaming nilagay na ranking (doon sa proclamation), kaya nga alphabetical e, kasi sigurado na kami na hindi na matatalo [ang] mga ito maski ano ang mangyari,” he added.

It marked the second time that Brillantes threatened to quit his post.

In April, Brillantes mulled resigning from his post when the Supreme Court ruled to stop the Comelec from imposing new airtime limits on political advertisements.

Local proclamations

In the same interview, Brillantes also noted that no one questions proclamations in local areas if the results there will not affect the winners.

“‘Di ba nagpoproclaim tayo if the results will no longer be adversely affected, we can already proclaim even in the local area, why can we not do it in the senatorial?” Brillantes said.

The partial and official tally as of Thursday evening covered 87 certificates of canvass and over 19 million votes.

The official vote tally for those proclaimed is as follows:

POE, GRACE 10,049,795

LEGARDA, LOREN 9,175,488

ESCUDERO, CHIZ 8,652,216

CAYETANO, ALAN PETER 8,597,603

BINAY, NANCY 8,329,945

ANGARA, EDGARDO 7,919,081

During the partial proclamation ceremonies on Thursday, the Comelec commissioners took turns giving to the six candidates their respective certificates of proclamation, arranged by alphabetical order.

At the time, Brillantes said that “we don’t have votes as yet,” thus the arrangement of names.

Brillantes said the NBOC will discuss how many of the remaining six senatorial candidates in the top 12 will be proclaimed Friday night.

The Comelec sitting as the NBOC resumed its session on Friday morning at around 9:45 a.m. (MNS)

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