MANILA, May 17 (Mabuhay) — Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes admitted Friday that the decision to proclaim six winning senators did not come without debate.
“May konting kuwan di ko muna pwedeng i-discuss ngayon. Hindi kami nag-press con kasi may konti kaming issue. May debate kami we have to settle it among ourselves first,” he said.
The Comelec chief announced Thursday morning that the poll body would proceed with the partial proclamation of senators subject to a final decision on the United Nationalist Alliance’s motion to suspend proclamation.
Brillantes and Comelec officials made themselves scarce to the media afterwards.
At 4pm, Brillantes announced during a public session of the National Board of Canvassers that UNA’s motion had been denied and that they were supposed to issue a resolution on the proclamation of senators within the hour.
No further word was sent to the media till 6pm when Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez announced that the NBOC would proclaim 6 winning senators last night.
Those proclaimed last night are Senators Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano, Nancy Binay and Sonny Angara.
The poll body has canvassed 72 out of 304 certificates of canvass, totaling 13,384,981 voters. (MNS)