Nancy Binay confident of 12th spot in Senate poll race

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 16) — Senator Nancy Binay, who is seeking a second term, on Thursday expressed confidence that she has locked in the 12th and final seat in the senatorial race.

“I opted not to talk kasi ayoko maging presumptuous, na baka hindi pa sigurado na akin 'yung 12th spot,” Binay told reporters in a media briefing.

“But I think today I can claim it. Parang stable na ako doon sa number 12,” she added.

[Translation: I opted not to talk because I didn’t want to be presumptuous, that I wasn’t still sure of the 12th spot. But I think today I can claim it. I think I’m stable at the number 12.]

Binay added she sees a slim margin of victory against her friend and fellow Senator JV Ejercito, who is currently hanging on 13th place.

“Based on computations noong mga nagmamagandang loob, parang lumalabas na worst case scenario for me is 200,000 lang na lamang over JV.”

[Translation: Based on computations from those who have helped me, it shows that the worst case scenario for me would be a 200,000 lead over JV.]

The senator attributed her poll ranking to numerous factors, including lack of support from the administration as well as her current family situation in Makati.

Siyempre, yung problema namin sa Makati, naka factor in din 'yun doon sa equation (Of course, our problem in Makati factored in the equation),” she said. “It's different when you're part of the admin slate eh, di ba? May advantage talaga (there’s really an advantage.”

Senatorial candidates allied with the administration have been dominating the race, based on the partial and official tally.

While the senator awaits official results, voters have sealed the fate of her other family members.

Her sister Abby retained the Makati mayoralty post with a wide margin over their brother Junjun Binay. Abby's husband, Luis Campos, was also reelected as the city's second district representative.

Their father, former Vice President Jejomar Binay, however, lost in his bid to become the city's 1st district representative.