By Martin Sadongdong
PASAY CITY — Nacionalista Party candidate Senator Cynthia Villar maintained her lead in the Senate race based on the partial and official tally from the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) released Thursday midnight.
As of 12 a.m., Villar garnered 10,416,332 votes after the canvassing of 89 Certificates of Canvass (COC). A total of 167 COCs will be canvassed by the NBOC.
Independent candidate Senator Grace Poe remained at second place with 9,151,162 votes while former Presidential aide Christopher Lawrence Go landed on the third spot with 8,549,086 votes.
The fourth to seventh placings did not change with Pia Cayetano (8,417,229); Ronald Dela Rosa (8,025,527); Sonny Angara (7,699,782); and Imee Marcos (7,157,978) seizing the spots respectively.
Movie star Lito Lapid had 6,607,637 votes and took over the eight spot from Francis Tolentino, who slid to the ninth place with 6,552,739 votes, and Koko Pimentel in 10th place with 6,220,434 votes.
The biggest surprise came when JV Ejercito was able to make it into the Magic 12, and is now at 11th place with 6,079,028 votes. He had previously been in 13th position.
Former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla was dislodged from the top 12 and slipped down to 14th place.
Nancy Binay dropped to the 12th place with 5,949,885 votes.
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