Actor Robin Padilla took the early lead in the senatorial race in the May 9 elections, garnering over 12.49 million votes late Monday night according to Comelec's transparency server for the media.
Padilla ranked first in the partial and unofficial results of the senatorial race as of 10:32 p.m., based on 73.91% of election returns transmitted to the transparency server.
Antique Rep. Loren Legarda currently ranks second with 12.23 million votes while broadcaster Raffy Tulfo, who consistently topped various pre-election surveys for the senatorial race, came in third with 11.72 million votes.
Here's the list of the leading senatorial candidates so far:
- Robin Padilla - 19,925,337
- Loren Legarda - 18,903,943
- Raffy Tulfo - 18,180,113
- Win Gatchalian - 16,156,054
- Chiz Escudero - 10,473,576
- Mark Villar - 15,027,841
- Alan Peter Cayetano - 14,968,667
- Joel Villanueva - 14,599,100
- Migz Zubiri - 14,456,632
- JV Ejercito - 12,297,712
- Risa Hontiveros - 12,252,906
- Jinggoy Estrada - 11,505,403
During the miting de avance of presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos on Saturday, Padilla urged their supporters to guard their votes against any form of cheating, even if they have to skip sleep during the counting.