Villar Is No. 1 Senatoriable In Cebu City

Reelectionist Senator Cynthia Villar proved to be the most trusted senatorial candidate among Cebu City residents as she garnered the highest number of votes in last Monday’s mid-term elections here.

Official results from the Cebu City Canvassing Center on Wednesday showed Villar topping the senatorial race in the Queen City of the South with 334,294 votes.

The 68-year-old Villar, although running under the Nacionalista Party, was among the senatorial candidates endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Five other senatorial aspirants endorsed by Duterte also made it to the top 12. They are former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, former senator Pia Cayetano, former Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, re-electionist Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, and former Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino.

Go came in second to Villar with 319,370 votes, followed by Cayetano with 311,031, and dela Rosa with 278,463 votes.

Reelectionist Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara got 271,239 votes for fifth place, while Sergio Osmeña III, who is making another run for a Senate seat, came in sixth after getting 270,342 votes from his fellow Cebuanos.

Independent reelectionist Senator Grace Poe occupied the seventh spot with 269,179 votes, followed by Koko Pimentel at eighth with 237,173, and Tolentino at ninth with 231,201 votes.

Completing the top 12 were Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, action star and former senator Lito Lapid, and Benigno “Bam” Aquino with 183,692, 165,145, and 164,313 votes, respectively.

Aquino was the only candidate from the Liberal Party who made it to the top 12 in Cebu City as former interior secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas only came in No. 16 with 121,019 votes.

Senator Nancy Binay garnered 159,948 votes at 13th, fellow Senator JV Ejercito got 149,752 at 14th, while Maguindanao Rep. Zajid “Dong” Mangudadatu settled at 15th with 130,254 votes. (PNA)

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