05/11/2010 | 03:02 PM
Liberal Party standard bearer Benigno Aqunio III kept his lead in the presidential race, according to unofficial results of the overseas absentee voting (OAV) in Hong Kong and Singapore.
The results of the OAV came in Monday night, showing a voter turnout of 40 percent for the Chinese territory and 30 percent for the island nation.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday only 39,833, out of 95,355 registered overseas Filipinos, voted in 96 clustered precincts in the former British colony. Its numbers were based on a report relayed by the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong.
In Singapore, 9,588 out of 31,851 Filipinos cast their ballots in 32 clustered precincts, the DFA said.
The DFA expected to receive all OAV results by May 15. DFA-OAVS Vice Chairperson Nestor Padalhin said the results are still unofficial, as the official canvassing results would come from the Commission on Elections and the National Board of Canvassers. (See: 24% of OAV ballots cast as election day closes)
Unofficial results of voting in the two diplomatic posts also showed Liberal Party standard bearer Benigno Aquino III, leading the presidential race.
In Hong Kong, Aquino led with 19,606 votes, followed by Bro. Eddie Villanueva with 8,327, and Manuel Villar Jr. with 5,622, according to the report relayed by the DFA-OAV Secretariat. They are followed by Gilberto Teodoro Jr. with 2,556 and Joseph Estrada with 1,980.
In the vice presidential race, however, Aquino’s running mate Manuel Roxas II came out on top with 19,837 votes, followed by Loren Legarda with 6,885 and Perfecto Yasay with 6, 353. In fourth place was Jejomar Binay with 4,083.
In the senatorial race, Bong Revilla Jr. garnered 22,020 votes. Franklin Drilon got 19,982, Jinggoy Estrada ended with 19,946, Miriam Defensor-Santiago obtained 19,739, and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. scored 18,555.
The unofficial results from Singapore also showed Aquino leading the presidential race with 4,949 votes, followed by Villar with 1,314, and Gordon with 1,105.
Roxas also led the vice presidential race in Singapore, garnering 5,017 votes, followed by Loren Legarda with 1,617, Bayani Fernando with 1,060, and Binay with 1,056. —Jerrie Abella/VS, GMANews.TV