Partial, official results show administration bets leading senatorial race

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 16) — The National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) is slowly releasing the partial and official results of the midterm elections and so far, the names at the top of the senatorial list remains constant.

The latest partial, official tally results released at 12 a.m. Thursday said reelectionist senator Cynthia Villar leads with 10,416,332 votes.

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She is followed by Senator Grace Poe, another reelectionist, with 9,151,162 votes.

Rounding out the top 15 are:

3. Bong Go - 8,549,086

4. Pia Cayetano - 8,417,229

5. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa - 8,025,527

6. Sonny Angara - 7,699,782

7. Imee Marcos - 7,157,978

8. Lito Lapid - 6,607,637

9. Francis Tolentino - 6,552,739

10. Koko Pimentel - 6,220,434

11. JV Ejercito - 6,079,028

12. Nancy Binay - 5,949,885

13. Bam Aquino - 5,722,776

14. Bong Revilla - 5,677,321

15. Jinggoy Estrada - 4,696,167

The NBOC has canvassed 89 of the 167 certificates of canvass as of midnight and will resume counting at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The latest partial, unofficial tally, meanwhile, shows similar names in the top 15, although some placements are different.

As of the latest results at 7:20 a.m., Villar is still at the lead with 24,929,008 votes.

The rest of the top 15 are:

2. Grace Poe - 21,776,222

3. Bong Go - 20,258,233

4. Pia Cayetano - 19,488,584

5. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa - 17,916,050

6. Sonny Angara - 17,916,050

7. Lito Lapid - 16,757,909

8. Imee Marcos - 15,626,571

9. Francis Tolentino - 15,226,996

10. Bong Revilla - 14,417,602

11. Koko Pimentel - 14,414,463

12. Nancy Binay - 14,352,384

13. JV Ejercito - 14,120,724

14. Bam Aquino - 14,000,416

15. Jinggoy Estrada - 11,216,306

Speaking to CNN Philippines Wednesday, COMELEC Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said 96 percent of election returns have been transmitted for canvassing.

The poll body expects 100 percent transmission to happen by Friday, May 17, and the list of winning senators may be released by Monday, May 20.