Cam Sur sees lower voter turnout
One big observation in Camarines Sur is that there is a big decrease in the number of voters this year compared to 2010.
As partial results stream in at the Provincial Canvassing operations, in some areas one could already tell the probable outcomes based on the lead percentages.
These are partial un-official results gleaned from the Commission on Elections as of 6:26 in the morning:
Villafuerte, Migz LRay Jr - 170,841 votes (42.24%)
Villafuerte, Luis - 131,627 (32.54%)
Cadiz, Jose Anselmo - 97,686 (24.15%)
Andaya, Rolando - 45,957 (90.94%)
De los Reyes, Nestor - 4,578 (9.06%)
Representative 2nd Dist
Arroyo, Dato - 46,604 (50.71%)
Villafuerte, L-Ray - 39,774 (43.28%)
Mabolo, Abang - 5,529 (6.02%)
Representative, 3rd Dist
Robredo, Leni - 101,496 (76.93 %)
Villafuerte, Nelly - 29,813 (21.33%)
Fausta, Charina - 1,908, (1.37%)
Representative, 4th Dist
Muhlach, Aga - 45,131 (52.36%)
Fuentebella, Wimpy - 41,059 (47.64%)
Representative, 5th Dist
Fortuno, Sal. - 60,352 (57.65%)
Alfelor, Felix Jr. - 33196 (31.71%)
Cortez, Rez - 11,142 (10.64%)
Paul Hutchkroft, a foreign elections observer, remarked: "You have such an interesting array of dynasties and movie stars, dizzying musical chairs from one post to another."
Zamboanga provinces generally peaceful
Comelec Region 9 election director Francisco Pobe says elections in the three provinces in Zamboanga region are generally peaceful so far.
Pobe noted that, compared to previous elections, the region has leveled up in terms of improved flow, system and process of voting, even as there were a few precincts that reported difficulty transmitting election results to the canvassing center due to poor communication signal.
Because of this, the canvassing centers have had to resort to manually uploading the results from CF memory cards for some problematic precincts.
Many candidates from the Liberal Party are leading the partial tally as gleaned from the Comelec office.
So far, in Zamboanga del Sur, Aurora Cerilles is leading for 2nd District Representative, Cat Jalosjos in second place.
In Zamboanga del Norte, for the 1st District Representative, Bullet Jalosjos is leading.
For the 3rd District, LP’s Isagani Amatong is leading followed by Hannah Jalosjos-Parreno.
For the gubernatorial seat, LP’s Berto Uy is up, with Cesar Jalosjos in second place.
Over in Zamboanga Sibugay, for the Second District Representative, LP’s Ann Hofer is leading Romeo Jalosjos Junior.
For Governor, another LP bet, Wilter Palma, leads while Rommel Jalosjos follows in second place.
In Zamboanga City, for mayor, LP’s Beng Climaco enjoys a big lead over Erbie Fabian.
Celso Lobregat, the city’s current mayor, is leading in the first district.
While his brother Jomar Lobregat is lagging behind Lilia Nuno for the second district representative.
In Zamboanga City, since only around 60 percent of votes have been canvassed, proclamation of local winners would have to wait until the afternoon.
Pampanga canvassing board resumes work
The Pampanga Provincial Board of Canvassers has resumed its session on mid-Tuesday morning after deciding to go on recess at around 3:00 am with several municipalities in the province failing to transmit their respective election results due to weak communication signals and various other hitches.
Of the province's 19 municipalities and three cities, the provincial board received data from only three municipalities before they went on recess. These were Sasmuan, Arayat and Guagua.
But upon checking in the morning, 10 more municipalities have transmitted their results during the break.
The board proceeded to reading the results for the gubernatorial and vice gubernatorial race and, in most if not all that Solar News heard so far, incumbent governor Lilia Pineda had big leads over her three opponents, including the Liberal Party's Ed Panlilio.
Provincial Board of Canvassers chairman Fernando Cotom says municipal canvassers had difficulty electronically transmitting their data because of poor signal and because of delays caused by defective PCOS machines.
Cotom says more than 40 PCOS units either needed to be substituted or replaced with backup units.
He admitted that there are still ballots from two PCOS machines from cluster precincts in Apalit and Lubao that have not yet been counted.
It is still to be confirmed if proclamations have been made by municipalities that already transmitted their data overnight.
Cotom says election authorities are hoping that all municipalities and cities will be able you send in their data within the day.
Once all results are in, he says, it'll just be a matter of hours before they can officially proclaim the winning candidates of top posts like Governor, Vice Governor and District Representatives.
With reports from Miguel Ortilla, Anjo Alimario and Ina Andolong
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