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Hontiveros ready to accept poll results for now

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Senator Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday said she will submit to the results of the midterm elections “for now” but she will question the alleged irregularities that marred the May 13 political exercise.

The partial and official count for the senatorial race showed that no one among the Otso Diretso opposition senatorial candidates managed to reach the so-called “Magic 12” winning circle.

Hontiveros’ fellow minority bloc member in the Senate, reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino ran under the Otso Diretso banner and currently at 13th spot.

“We will never give in to despair. If anything, we will work harder, strive further and serve better. We will persevere. And amid these somber times, there is hope,” Hontiveros said.

“As we vigilantly wait for the remaining votes to be counted and for the Comelec to address the serious cases of massive vote-buying in the partylist system, the 7-hour delay in the poll body’s transparency server and the breakdown of many vote counting machines (VCMs) that disenfranchised a large number of voters, we will continue to meet every challenge and work for the protection of our democracy, no matter the circumstances,” she said.

The Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Automated Election System (JCOC-AES), co-chaired by reelectionist Senator Koko Pimentel and Cibac partylist Rep. Sherwin Tugna, is set to conduct a public hearing on June 6 on the reported problems that affected the conduct of the polls.

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