12 new senators
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is set to proclaim the 12 winning senators from the May 9 polls, Thursday, May 19, at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.
The COMELEC, which also acts as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), will proclaim the new senators alongside winning party lists.
Based on the NBOC report on Monday, MAY 16, the senators set to be proclaimed are: Franklin Drilon; Joel Villanueva; Vicente Sotto III; Panfilo Lacson; Richard Gordon; Juan Miguel Zubiri; Manny Pacquiao; Risa Hontiveros; Francis Pangilinan; Sherwin Gatchalian; Ralph Recto; and Leila de Lima.
PPRCV ends unofficial quick count
More than a week after the national elections, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) ended its partial, unofficial “quick count” on Wednesday, May 18.
The PPRCV ended its transmission at 96.14%.
The move follows COMELEC’s scheduled proclamation of senators on Thursday, May 19 and the start of the official counting of votes for the president and vice president by the NBOC on Monday, May 23.
Meanwhile, the Congress will start canvassing votes for the same positions on Wednesday, May 25.
Q4 GDP growth revised
Gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the fourth quarter of 2015 was adjusted from 6.3% to 6.5% on May 18, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported.
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The move was due to upward revisions in electricity, gas, and water supply; public administration and defense; transport, storage, and communication; financial intermediation; trade; and mining and quarrying.
On Monday, May 16, Moody’s analytics reported the Philippine economy is expected to post a 6.2% GDP growth for the first quarter of the year, making it the “the best-performing economy in Southeast Asia” during the period.
PSA will announce the first quarter GDP on Thursday, May 19. – Elyssa Christine Lopez