Bato dela Rosa, Doc Willie Ong lead overseas race

MANILA, Philippines – Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and Doc Willie Ong got the most number of votes from overseas absentee voters (OAV), partial and unofficial results of the senatorial race show.

As of 2:38 am on Wednesday, May 15, 32.82% of the precincts worldwide had transmitted votes to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

These are the vote counts from select areas abroad that were designated with vote-counting machines. Voters in other OAV areas voted manually, and their vote counts would be flown in to the Philippines after election day for the official canvass. (Learn here about the different modes through which Filipino overseas can vote.) 

Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa gained the highest votes with 98,568 followed by Doc Willie Ong and Bong Go with 96,811 and 95,273, respectively.

Aside from Dela Rosa, 3 more in the top 12 are Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) bets: Bong Go (95,273), Francis Tolentino (66,108), and Koko Pimentel (42,678).

No candidate from the opposition slate has entered the top 12 so far. 

Comelec data shows that there are 1,822,173 registered overseas voters for the 2019 elections. (READ: IN NUMBERS: Registered voters for the May 2019 elections). 

Here are the partial and unofficial results of the overseas vote for top 12 senators: 

Nacionalista Party candidate Cynthia Villar and independent candidate Grace Poe, both reelectionists, are leading the national count with 24,640,223 and 21,538,450 votes, respectively. (READ: Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe top elections in first transmission) – Rappler.com

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