Sunday, May 20, 2007

Legarda widens gap in latest Namfrel tally

By Alexander Villafania
Last updated 07:26am (Mla time) 05/21/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Genuine Opposition senatorial candidate Loren Legarda continues to widen the gap between her votes and that of GO colleague Francis Escudero, the latest tally of the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) showed.

As of 11:29 p.m. May 20, Legarda had 5,819,588 votes against Escudero’s 5,713,892 votes, or a difference of over 100,000 votes.

GO candidate Panfilo Lacson remained at third place with 5,047,379 votes, followed by Manuel Villar with 4,762,173 votes, then independent candidate Francisco Pangilinan who had 4,642,353 votes.

At sixth place is Benigno Aquino III with 4,577,372 votes. In seventh place is Team Unity candidate Edgardo Angara with 4,116,443 votes. At number eight is independent candidate Gregorio Honasan with 3,798,589 votes.

Ninth place is occupied by Team Unity candidate Joker Arroyo with 3,797,095 votes, followed by Allan Cayetano with 3,669,134 votes.

At 11th and 12th places are Antonio Trillanes IV with 3,581,703 votes and Aquilino Pimentel III with 3,499,919 votes.

Namfrel's latest tally covers 86,464 precincts, or 38.47 percent of a total 224,748 precincts.