Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Vote-map: Aquino takes even Estrada country

By Tarra Quismundo,
Jocelyn R. Uy
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:08:00 05/13/2010

Filed Under: Inquirer Politics, Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Benigno Aquino III, Joseph Estrada

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MANILA, Philippines—President-elect most likely Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III continues to lead in most provinces across the country, taking vote-rich areas and even the bailiwick of reluctant runner-up, deposed President Joseph “Erap” Estrada.

A parallel tally by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) as of 8:01 p.m. Wednesday placed the votes for Aquino at 13,673,897 out of results from 89.03 percent of precincts counted so far.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) stopped updating the tallies for the presidential and vice presidential races on Tuesday after lawyers of losing candidates accused it of preempting the function of Congress to canvass tabulations for the two top posts.

The poll body’s tabulation covered 78.5 percent of the electronically transmitted election returns.

Leads in vote-rich provinces

Of the nine presidential candidates, only Aquino, Estrada, Manuel Villar and Gilbert Teodoro led in certain provinces, with the front-runner capturing most of the vote-rich areas.

“It’s who’s leading at that particular time. We’re not saying who won in any particular area. So we’re not trending and it doesn’t mean that the other candidates didn’t get any votes,” said Ana de Villa-Singson, PPCRV media and communications director.

A vote-mapping by the PPCRV showed that Aquino was still leading in most provinces, getting solid votes so far from Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), provinces in the Caraga region and most of the Bicol region.

Up north, Aquino was also leading in Batanes, Benguet, Ifugao and Mountain Province and remained ahead in parts of Central Luzon, including the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales.

Precincts from vote-rich Cebu, Pangasinan, provinces in Eastern Visayas as well as Maguindanao, which transmitted results, also gave most of the votes to Aquino. He is also ahead in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

San Juan for Aquino

Most of Metro Manila has so far gone to Aquino, including Estrada’s hometown of San Juan City and that (Makati City) of his running mate.

Estrada was leading in Navotas while Villar, who already accepted defeat, won in his bailiwick, Las Piñas City.

The former actor is also ahead in Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, La Union and provinces in the Cagayan Valley. Estrada was also leading in Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan and Catanduanes.

In Mindanao, Estrada was also leading in Zamboanga Sibugay, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Northern Cotabato, Sarangani and South Cotabato. Davao has so far given the plunder convict a solid vote.

Villar was leading only in Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Biliran while Teodoro was ahead in Guimaras and Camiguin.

The stiff vice presidential contest between Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay split votes from seven regions.

Ilocos split

As of the 10:55 a.m. regional updates provided by the PPCRV, Ilocos was split in terms of delivering votes, with Roxas dominating in Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan and Binay leading in Ilocos Norte and La Union.

Roxas and Binay were also in a tug-of-war in Central Luzon as majority of the votes in Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales went to the senator.

But Binay continued to be No. 1 in the “vote-rich” provinces of Bataan, Bulacan and Nueva Ecija as well as in Aurora, according to Singson.

Bicol mixed

In the Bicol Region, Binay dominated in Camarines Norte, Catanduanes and Sorsogon while Roxas led in Albay, Camarines Sur and Masbate.

Eastern Visayas was also torn between the two vice presidential candidates, but Binay got the largest share of votes from Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte and Western Samar. Roxas dominated only in Northern Samar and Southern Leyte.

Although Zamboanga Peninsula was turning into a Binay country, garnering votes from a larger portion of the region, Roxas dominated in Zamboanga del Norte.

Binay led Roxas in Lanao del Sur and Misamis Oriental while Roxas was leading in Bukidnon and Misamis Occidental—all in Northern Mindanao.

Solid brown

The Cordillera Administrative Region was also “evenly split” with Binay leading in Abra, Apayao and Kalinga and Roxas in Benguet, Ifugao and Mountain Province.

Aside from the concrete jungle of Makati, Binay also dominated in the restive jungles of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and Soccksargen, where a color-coded map of the Philippines showed a solid brown, representing Binay’s votes, in these two regions.

Roxas won in the provinces at the country’s northern and southern tips, garnering the majority of the votes in Batanes and Tawi-Tawi.

But Singson said the PPCRV had yet to tally election returns from 3,379 precincts in the ARMM, which registered the lowest transmission rate of 68.9 percent.

Metro Manila mostly for Binay

Metro Manila, which registered the highest transmission rate of 95.98 percent, was surprisingly a “Binay country,” except for Marikina City where Roxas dominated. Only 304 precincts have yet to transmit election returns to the PPCRV server at the Pius Center.

Binay also continued to be No.1 in the race in Cagayan Valley, Southern Tagalog and Davao regions.

Roxas continued to win in Western Visayas, Central Visayas, the Caraga region, Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan), except in Occidental Mindoro and Palawan, where Binay took the lead.

Erap behind by 5M votes

In the count by the Comelec-accredited PPCRV, Estrada got 8,652,783, still behind by 5 million with just 11 percent of the total votes yet to be counted. Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manuel Villar was a far third at 4,943,689.

Administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro Jr. received 3,642,048 votes.

In the vice presidential race, Roxas was barely catching up with Binay, who got 13,327,990 votes.

Binay was leading by 786,768 votes, garnering 40.78 percent of the total votes from 68,083 polling precincts based on the partial unofficial Comelec transmission of election returns.

Roxas was nailed to the second spot with 12,541,222 votes (38.37 percent) followed far behind by Sen. Loren Legarda with 3,747,705 votes.

Transmission slowing down

With almost 10 percent of election returns yet to be tallied, results came in trickles for the parallel count by the PPCRV as transmission from voting machines and the Comelec central server slowed down.

Singson told reporters that the parallel count would not cover 100 percent of the country’s 76,475 clustered precincts as elections failed in several Mindanao towns.

“We probably won’t be able to give a 100-percent count because there was already a failure of elections in Lanao del Sur. So it will probably be a 98- to 99-percent count,” she said.

She could not say how soon the accredited citizen’s arm could finish consolidating the expected results because of the current transmission rate.

Officers of automation contractor Smartmatic-TIM had told Singson on a visit to the PPCRV Wednesday that the last few results would come in quite slow.

“It’s really slowing down because some of the things we’re getting are no longer coming straight from the PCOS (precinct count optical scan) machines. Some of them are transmitted through canvassing offices,” Singson said.

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