THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will proclaim the winning senators and party-lists on Wednesday (May 18, 2022) and Thursday (May 19), respectively, acting Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said Monday, May 16.

He said the proclamation will take place at 4 p.m., on both days, at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

Laudiangco said the winning senators will be proclaimed without any standing or ranking, while only the party-lists with guaranteed seats will be initially announced.

He said the canvassing of votes for senators and party-lists is now at 91.91 percent pending the transmission of 111,409 votes from Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China, except for Shanghai, whose votes are expected to arrive within the day.

He said the physical transmission of overseas votes will pave way for the proclamation of winning senators.

In a Laging Handa public briefing, commissioner George Garcia said that despite the incomplete election returns especially due to the failure of election in Lanao del Sur, winning senators and party-lists can already be proclaimed.

“Kung base sa computation naman po ay pwede na makapag-proklama kahit na hindi pa nahihintay ‘yung iba pang darating pwede na tayo magpush ng proclamation lalo kung hindi makakaapekto na sa ranking o sa result ng halalan,” he said.

“’Yung mga natitirang mga presinto syemre po, tuloy pa rin pagkakacanvass, although hindi na ito makakaapekto sa ipoproklama,” he added.

During the proclamation, each winning candidate can bring up to five companions, while each party-list can be represented by two individuals.

The top 12 senatorial candidates are actor Robin Padilla, Antique Representative Loren Legarda, Broadcaster Raffy Tulfo, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, Sorsogon Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero, former Public Works and Highways secretary Mark Villar, Taguig City-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senator Joel Villanueva, former senator JV Ejercito, Senator Risa Hontiveros and former senator Jinggoy Estrada.

The winning party-list groups are ACT-CIS, 1-Rider, Tingog, 4Ps, Ako Bicol and Sagip. (SunStar Philippines)