The Philippine Commission on Elections has officially announced the winners of the 2019 Philippine midterm elections.
But before we go into that — here are the top candidates Filipino-American voters have chosen.
And with the final results from overseas absentee voting in, it shows that majority of Filipino American voters showed their approval and support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, by voting in his former top cop and drug war architect as the #1 senator.
Former Philippine national police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa topped the Philippine senatorial race among Fil-Am voters with 21,578 votes, across ten Philippine consulate regions.
Closely behind Bato is comeback senator Pia Cayetano with 21,332, and at third place is social media star and health advocate Doctor Willie Ong with 20,750.
Rounding out the top 12 in overseas votes are Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe, Bong Go, Imee Marcos, Sonny Angara, Francis Tolentino, Koko Pimentel, Bam Aquino, and Mar Roxas.
On Tuesday, the Philippine embassy revealed that out of the 228,470 registered voters in the us only 39,511 actually voted making a 17.29% voter turn out for the 2019 mid-term elections…
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Although this number exceeded voter turn out in the midterm elections in 2013 which was at 10.55%, many advocates still see this as a low number and some even speculate the delays and glitches in the OAC process may have caused voter disenfranchisement.
Nonetheless, consulates all over the US re appealing to Fil-Am voters to remain optimistic and proactive in their voting duties by always making sure they are still registered to vote and have the proper addresses on record.
We here at ABS-CBN News and Balitang America enjoin the concerned groups and consulates in the call for more Filipino Americans to participate in future elections, and exercise their rights to help shape the future of the Philippines.