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NOW NA! / 'Bato' lawyer prods Comelec to proclaim top 6 in Senate Magic 12.

THE legal counsel of former National Police chief Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa called on the National of Board of Canvassers (NBOC) on Sunday to finally proclaim the six senators with the most votes based on its nearly completed canvassing.

In an interview, Abdul Basar said there is no longer need for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc, sitting as the NBOC, to wait for the completion of the canvassing since the remaining uncanvassed votes will have minimal impact on the ranking of his client, who has consistently ranked fifth in the winning column of 12 senators.

'It is our position in the interest of justice and the speedy disposition of this case our candidate be proclaimed without waiting for the other results which will be very minimal,' Basar said.

Personally, he said the NBOC could proclaim the winners for the top six of the so-called Magic 12 to reduce tension in the canvassing, as well as to save on cost and time for the representatives of the winning senators.

As of May 18, the six senators with the most votes in the official canvassing were: Cynthia Villar with 24,199,174 cotes; Grace Poe with 21,183,332 votes; Christopher 'Bong' Go with 19,568,909 votes; Pilar 'Pia' Cayetano with 18,568,909 votes; dela Rosa with 18,045,456 votes; and Juan 'Sonny' Angara with 17,442,174 votes.

Election lawyer George Garcia said a partial proclamation is allowed under Comelec rules and has been practiced in previous elections.

In fact, he noted, it is safe to include in the partial proclamation candidates up to the 10th senatorial candidate with the most votes.

It is only in the 11th and 12th candidates, Garcia said, wherein the complete canvassing of votes will be crucial since they are usually locked in a tight race.

He said the prompt proclamation is necessary to minimize the calls for its suspension.

After all, the poll body, Garcia said, will still retain jurisdiction on petition, opposition or any motion to suspend election-related issues.

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Date:May 19, 2019
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