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Filipinos in UAE give mandate to opposition

Posted by Admin on May 24, 2007

By: MARIECAR JARA-PUYOD, Gulf Today: 5/21/2007

FILIPINOS in the UAE went for the 7:4:1 in favour of the opposition in the recently-concluded month-long overseas absentee voting that will help determine who, among 37 candidates will be serving their country as senators until 2010.

This was gleaned from the results of the certificates of canvass (COC) posted at the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi for two days last week.

Consul General for Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Maria Theresa Taguiang said the public viewing for 48 hours of the second of six copies of the COC results is a requirement and a provision in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) guidelines.

“It is being transparent and part of the democratic process,” she told The Gulf Today on Wednesday.

The COCs are the election returns from all polling precincts.

Sources said that among 3,602 who cast their votes from April 14 to May 14, they chose Sen. Francis Pangilinan (independent) 2,763 votes; losing 2004 vice presidential candidate Loren Legarda (Genuine Opposition), 2,492; Sen. Manuel Villar (GO), 2,297; Camarines Norte Rep. Francis Escudero Jr. (GO), 2,285; Tarlac Rep. Benigno Simeon Aquino III (GO), 2,362; Sen. Ralph Recto (Team Unity-administration), 2,267; Sen. Joker Arroyo (TU), 1,976; Sen. Panfilo Lacson (GO), 1,976; Taguig City Rep. Allan Peter Cayetano (GO), 1,832; former Sen. Edgardo Angara (TU), 1,613; Malacanang spokesman Michael Defensor (TU), 1,541; and Aquilino Pimentel III (GO), 1,474. Read the rest of this entry »


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