President Rodrigo Duterte shows his forefinger with an indelible ink to prove that he has voted for the country's midterm elections in his hometown of Davao city in southern Philippines, May 13, 2019. (MANMAN DEJETO / AP)
MANILA - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's political allies overwhelmingly won in midterm elections for the Philippine Senate, preliminary results showed on Tuesday.
While the results of the elections are still unofficial, Philippine presidential spokesman said "there appears to be an unstoppable trend towards a resounding victory of the administration's favored senatorial candidates"
Preliminary results comprising 95 percent of returns from Monday's midterm elections showed at least eight candidates endorsed by Duterte were leading in races for
12 seats in the 24-member Senate. Official Commission on Election results are
expected to be declared in about a week.
Only four candidates not backed by Duterte made it to the 12 winning candidates.
However, none of the opposition candidates made the cut.
While the results of the elections are still unofficial, Philippine presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo on Tuesday told a news conference at the presidential palace that "there appears to be an unstoppable trend towards a resounding victory of the administration's favored senatorial candidates."
He said "The overwhelming majority of the electorate has responded to the call of the president to support those whom he said would help pass laws supportive of his goal to uplift the masses of our people and give them comfortable lives they richly deserve."
Nearly 62 million Filipino voters nationwide have registered to elect new senators, members of House of Representatives, and local officials in Monday's midterm elections.
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