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CBCP denies call to suspend proclamation of winning senators

May 17, 2019 - Friday 1:05 PM by Ayan Mellejor

DAVAO CITY – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Friday debunked reports that it had called or appealed for the suspension of the proclamation of the winning senatorial candidates, saying it was “fake news."

In a press statement, CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles said the CBCP has not made a call or appeal or suggestion to suspend the proclamation of the winning candidates of the May 13 midterm elections.

“If that kind of news is circulating -- that the CBCP has made such a call -- that is again pure fake news. That is not true that the CBCP issued such a call or appeal,” Valles said.

This was the second denial issued by CBCP on the May 13 elections. Days before election day, the group denied endorsing candidates.

Valles latest statement was a reaction to reports that the CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to defer the proclamation of the winning candidates due to electoral fraud.

Reports quoted CBCP-NASSA executive secretary Fr. Edwin Gariguez as saying there should be no proclamation of winning senatorial bets until alleged irregularities have been investigated and resolved.

TheComelec, however, said it is pushing through with the proclamation scheduled next week.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the poll body is unlikely to suspend the proclamation on the basis of  unsubstantiated allegations.

As of Thursday, administration-backed senatorial candidates still dominate the senatorial race in Comelec's partial official results:

  • 1. Senator Cynthia Villar - (19,383,224)
  • 2. Grace Poe (17,043,889)
  • 3. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go (15,685,847)
  • 4. Pia Cayetano (15,330,363)
  • 5. Ronald dela Rosa (14,529,585)
  • 6. Sonny Angara (14,023,811)
  • 7. Lito Lapid (12,628,054)
  • 8. Imee Marcos (12,618,428)
  • 9. Francis Tolentino (11,975,435)
  • 10. Koko Pimentel (11,283,357)
  • 11. Nancy Binay (11,041,386)
  • 12. Bam Aquino (11,001,047)
  • 13. Bong Revilla (10,988,697)
  • 14. JV Ejercito (10,984,412)
  • 15. Jinggoy Estrada (8,654,021)

The National Board of Canvassers has so far processed a total of 129 of the 167 certificates of canvass as of Thursday.

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