8:08 PM: So Nancy Binay was a no-show in her own official proclamation as a Senator-elect. Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes declared during the ceremony that the certificates of proclamation were given in alphabetical order, and that no final tallies were included.
8:00 PM: The crowd was ecstatic as Grace Poe was officially declared as the number one Senator-elect winner in this mid-term elections. She is accompanied by her family and mother Susan Roces. Official but partial reports are here.
7:58 PM: There was no reason given why Nancy Binay was a no-show in her proclamation as one of the top six Senator-elect winners.
7:48 PM: Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes says the poll body has signed a proclamation certificate to all six Senator-elects. Binay is still missing from the ceremony. Earlier, Binay's party UNA filed a motion to suspend proclamation of Senator-elect winners today. Comelec en banc rules against the motion.
7:47 PM: Nancy Binay is missing from the proclamation ceremony. Alan Peter Cayetano comes late.
7:45 PM: The proclamation ceremonies begin.
7:26 PM: Heart Evangelista and Chiz Escurdero arrive at the PICC.
7:20 PM: Grace Poe and Loren Legarda arrive at the PICC too. Susan Roces, mother of Grace Poe, is also in PICC.
7:16 PM: So this is the list of Senator-elects that will be proclaimed tonight: Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis "Chiz" Escudero, Nancy Binay, and Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara. They are the top six Senators based on the partial, official results that covers 72 certificates of canvass or 13,384,981 votes.
7:03 PM: Senator-elect Juan Edgardo Angara is first to arrive at the PICC. This is based on these partial, official results.
4:34 PM: The proclamation of some Senate winners will push through tonight, according to Comelec chief Brillantes. This is going to happen because the Commission on Elections rejected an UNA plea to delay proclamation.
2:55 PM: In a press conference, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas and the PPCRV appeal to the Comelec to give them election results that were not transmitted to the "transparency servers" to allay fears of manipulation of results.p
1:13 PM: Stories that we think you must read:
11:19 AM: Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes says the Comelec en banc, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, will proclaim 5 to 6 Senate-elect winners Thursday night. Meanwhile, the poll chief says that there is an order to suspend "unofficial counts" using the "transparency servers."
11:08 AM: Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes tells media that Senate winners will be proclaimed tonight, but he declined to say how many. #purplethumb The United Nationalist Alliance has filed a motion to defer proclamation. The Board will convene to resolve this issue this afternoon.
May 16, 10:12 AM: We're on Day 3 of the canvassing of votes. According to the National Board's records, Grace Poe remains the leader in the Senate race with 4,729,889 out of 8,790,441 votes tallied as of May 16. There are now a total of 47 certificates of canvass transmitted to the Comelec.
7:36 PM:Vera Files report that President Aquino's Liberal Party increases hold on the House of Representatives.
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5:09 PM: Comelec reveals that no votes were cast in overseas absentee voting centers in 25 countries.
4:55 PM: The National Board receives more certificates from Zamboanga Sibugay, Bacolod City, San Juan City. Total count: 24 out of 304 certificates of canvass accounted for.
4:38 PM: More certificates of canvass arrive from Quirino, Nueva Ecija, Leyte, Antique, Mountain Province, Batanes. Total count of certificates received: 14 out of 304.
4:22 PM: Comelec says there are now 22 certificates of canvasses that were transmitted to the National Board. We're expecting a total of 304. Today, the National Board has received certificates from Camiguin, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Misamis Occidental.
3:44 PM: Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes tells media that canvassing and proclamation of winners will happen on Saturday "at the latest."
3:04 PM: Here's our story: Comelec postpones proclamation of winners. The poll chief says "transmission [of certificates of canvass] appears to be going very slow."
2:50 PM: No proclamation of Senators tonight, according to Comelec. They will wait for more substantial certificates of canvass. The National Board is now looking at announcing winners on Thursday.
2:26 PM: The National Board begins canvassing, starts with certificates of canvass from Bataan, Makati, and Cagayan de Oro.
2:20 PM: The Comelec extended the suspension of the proceedings to 2 PM.
12:06 PM: The canvassing is suspended until 1 PM today (Wednesday). So far, the National Board has received 14 certificates of canvass. Poe who still leads the race got a total of 850,911 of 1,739,381 total votes.
11:51 AM: See the latest Comelec partial results. Grace Poe still leading the race.
11:16 AM: The Comelec receives more certificates of canvass from various provinces: Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Leyte, Antique, Mountain Province, Batanes. Total of 14 certificates of canvass transmitted to the National Board.
May 15, 10:46 AM: These are today's stories that you should read:
Opinion: Traditional politics won the day
6:24 PM: UPDATES FROM VERA FILES:
6:09 PM: To summarize: Comelec suspends canvassing of votes for party-lists amid concerns over counting of votes of disqualified groups (Report from Kim Patria of Yahoo! Southeast Asia) p
6:07 PM: Brillantes still expects the National Board to finish canvassing of the Senatorial votes as scheduled, which is Wednesday night.
6:02 PM: Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes wants to suspend canvassing for party list groups due to some problems, but continue with the Senatorial canvassing. "Since apparently there are no issues in the senatorial count, we can finish canvassing as announced," Brillantes was quoted as saying. The Comelec has apparently disqualified 12 party list groups.
4:15 PM: As of six COCs canvassed, Grace Poe still leads the senate race with 391,906 votes. Full tally here.
4:10 PM: The partial, official tally from Comelec shows that Grace Poe is leading. We will be posting the tally in a jiffy.
3:03 PM: In other news, we've put together some of the funniest memes that we've seen overnight. If there's a contest of the best meme creators in the world, we definitely have a shot.
2:13 PM: Comelec has so far received certificates of canvass from Guimaras, Paranaque, Mandaluyong, and Romblon.
1:09 PM: Comelec chief Sixto Brillantes says local board of canvassers can now proclaim winners provided that untransmitted data will not affect the results. Here's the full report.
12:33 PM: And the first Senate candidate concedes. Who is he?
12:30 PM: Former President Joseph Estrada is officially proclaimed the new mayor of Manila.
12:12 PM: United Nationalist Alliance to hold a press conference. Details to follow.
May 14, 2013 11:58 AM: Elections in the Philippines won't be the same without celebrity candidates. Find out if Jinkee Pacquiao and other celebs won.
May 14, 2013 11:35 AM: Comelec wants to proclaim all Senators by 7 PM Wednesday.
May 14, 2013 11:30 AM: Comelec now allows local canvassers to proclaim winners, only if uncounted votes would no longer affect results #PurpleThumb #Eleksyon2013 p
May 14, 2013 10:58 AM: In local politics, we have seen Leni Robredo, widow of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, leading the congressional race in Camsur.
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May 14, 2013 10:53 AM: The National Board of Canvassers resume canvassing today. We will be posting the official tally soon. Watch this space.
May 14, 2013 10:02 AM: As of 9:59 AM, Grace Poe still leads the senate race with Loren Legarda as second and Chiz Escudero as third. You can find Comelec's partial unofficial results here.
For more about Grace Poe, here's her profile.
May 14, 2013 9:52 AM: Good morning, our live updates resume today.
Here are some of the big stories yesterday, in case you miss them:
The Comelec releases its unofficial, partial results for the Senatorial candidates. Check the tally here.
May 14, 2013 12:01 AM: In the city of Manila, former President Joseph Estrada defeats Alfredo Lim in the mayoralty race.
11:52 PM: The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) expresses alarm over the alleged existence of "pre-shaded" ballots.
10:01 PM: Comelec commissioner Grace Padaca says Comelec will unveil a website to show partial results. As of 9 PM, 34,725 precincts are accounted for or that is 44.42 percent of total precincts nationwide. Padaca says Comelec will show partial, unofficial count through this new site: http://2013electionresults.comelec.gov.ph/
9:53 PM: Reports: Comelec now in en banc session after questionable figures from PPCRV's unofficial, partial results.
9:43 PM: Meanwhile, former President Estrada leads the Manila mayoral race, initial and unofficial results show.
9:40 PM: PPCRV unofficial, partial tally resumes with Grace Poe still leading senatorial race with over 6.8 million votes.
9:25 PM: PPCRV to resume unofficial, partial tally after correcting problems with its system.
9:00 PM: PPCRV halts unofficial, partial count after detecting erroneous results. The volume of votes coming in was way too high for the number of precincts, the group says.
As the day closes, here are five things we learned from the 2013 Elections. Do you agree? Go ahead and share yours.
8:12 PM: According to the unofficial, partial result from the PPCRV, Grace Poe now leads the senatorial race. Details here.
7:30 PM: The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting will continue its unofficial, partial count Monday night even after the Comelec en banc, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, decided to suspend official tally to Tuesday, 10 AM, May 14.
7:24 PM: Comelec's Brillantes adds "tuloy-tuloy na ang canvassing bukas" as they resume canvassing tomorrow at 10 AM, May 14. #purplethumb
7:23 PM: Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes says the National Board of Canvassers has decided to suspend canvassing to gather more "substantial" results from precincts nationwide. #PurpleThumb
7:05 PM: The National Canvassing is suspended until 10 AM, Tuesday, May 14.
6:53 PM: The National Board of Canvassers inspect the machines that will aid them in the tally of votes.
6:30 PM: Thirty minutes remain before the end of voting.
election 2013, the only day when its perfectly fine to show-off your dirty finger, share it in cyber world, and feel no guilt about it
— mong palatino (@mongster) May 13, 2013
6:15 PM: The Comelec en banc who is sitting as the National Board of Canvassers begin work.
— Yahoo! Philippines (@YahooPH) May 13, 2013
6:10 PM: You only have less than an hour to vote before the precincts close at 7:00 PM.
5:44 PM: Nancy Binay's credentials have been under scrutiny but Pinoys still found the lighter side of things. Find out why the hashtag #OJTparinsiNancyBinay was trending on Twitter.
5:21 PM: Will Makati deliver UNA's votes? Here's what Vice President Jojo Binay thinks
Video: Will Makati deliver UNA's votes?
5:13 PM: What will happen to the unused ballots? Is Comelec discarding them?
— Karen Jimeno (@AttyKarenJimeno) May 13, 2013
5:03 PM: Voters, in two hours, the polling precincts are closing. Head to your precincts now if you haven't voted yet.
4:57 PM: In local news, Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista is worried over his reelection. He is running against Johnny Chang and Henry Samonte.
4:49 PM: The Commission on Elections says Senate Winners may be proclaimed by Wednesday, May 15. Poll chief Sixto Brillantes is also expecting a 70-percent voter turnout this year. Click here for the full story.
4:33 PM: Even inmates at the Bureau of Corrections in Muntinlupa City are voting. If you haven't voted yet, you still have time before precincts close at 7:00 PM.
3:59 PM: Here's a photo of the president taken this morning at Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac where he cast his vote. In an interview, he recalls how he re-checked his ballot to make sure he had a 12-0 vote in favor of the Team PNoy ticket.
3:39 PM: Here's a video of Senator Bong Revilla at the voting precinct earlier today. He vows to file charges against the police who he said harassed his family and surrounded the Revilla family home in Bacoor, Cavite.
VIDEO: Senator Bong Revilla
Stories you may have missed earlier:
3:11 PM: Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes says they expect to proclaim winners by Wednesday night, May 15.
3:09 PM: Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile is set to hold a press conference this afternoon to address defective PCOS machines.
3:04 PM: Trivia time! Here's an AFP News infographic of the 10 most controversial politicians who are contesting in today's elections
2:57 PM: Comelec en banc will convene as the National Board of Canvassers at 6 PM today.
2:55 PM: Reports indicate that special elections will be held in Compostela Valley and Baguio City after wrong ballots were sent to these areas.
2:52 PM: Team PNoy accuses ex Iloilo Representative Fernejel Biron of attempting to buy vote for his gubernatorial bid.
2:48 PM: With four hours left before the polling precincts close at 7:00 PM, have you voted yet?
2:40 PM: Senatorial candidate Greco Belgica talks about 'forgiveness' on election day
VIDEO: Greco Belgica talks about 'forgiveness'
2:12 PM: Blackouts mar mid-term elections. Read the story here.
2:04 PM: The sincerity of Vice President Jojo Binay has been tested today.
1:56 PM: Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes says there will be no voting hours extension. He also admits that wrong ballots were sent to the Compostella Valley and Baguio City. But he assured that this mistake won't affect overall results in these areas.
1:36 PM: Here's a video of senatorial aspirant Nancy Binay sharing her voting tradition.
VIDEO: Senatorial aspirant Nancy Binay
1:00 PM: The Commission on Elections cautions the public against premature reports of failure of elections, even as she admitted delays due to technical problems in several areas. Full story here.
12:58 PM: Despite their differences, senatorial candidate Nancy Binay thinks Vice Ganda even helped her campaign. Agree?
12:50 PM: Comelec exec says the poll body is expecting 40 to 50 percent voter turnout.
12:35 PM: A brawl occurs between supporters of Cayetano and Tinga at Maharlika Elementary School in Taguig.
— Atom Araullo (@atomaraullo) May 13, 2013
In case you missed some of our earlier stories, here are some important updates:
11:59 AM: We're halfway through election day and some Pinoy voters share photos of their purple marks. Tweet us your photo @YahooPH
11:53 AM: Yahoo! Southeast Asia exclusive: Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte was among the disenfranchised voters today. Read story here.
11:46 AM: Yahoo! Southeast Asia reporter Rio Ribaya reports that "failure of elections" was declared in Rizal Elementary School in Baguio due to wrong ballots delivered. We're confirming this story with the Comelec.
11:22 AM: Vice President Jejomar Binay admits to Yahoo! Southeast Asia that he only voted 9 senatorial candidates.
— Yahoo! Philippines (@YahooPH) May 13, 2013
11:22 AM: Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II votes in Roxas City. d
— Yahoo! Philippines (@YahooPH) May 13, 2013
11:14 AM: Vera Files report that votes were bought for as low as 100 pesos in Albay.
#PurpleThumb #eleksyon2013 #halalan2013 #phvote
11:06 AM: The Energy Department assures public that the country has enough supply to power the country. @kimpatria reports that the Energy department has verified reported outages in Iligan City, Lapu Lapu City in Cebu, Batangas, and Lower Bicutan.
11:03 AM: Senator Bong Revilla cries harassment. Details to follow.
10:59 AM: Vice President Jejomar Binay casts his vote. Reports indicate that his ballot was initially "rejected" by the PCOS machine.
— Yahoo! Philippines (@YahooPH) May 13, 2013
10:35 AM: More politicians seen voting: Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Jinggoy Estrada
10:30 AM: Makati Mayor Jun Jun Binay arrives at the polling precinct.
10:24 AM: Batangas power is restored, according to PPCRV.
What did former President Joseph Estrada do before he voted? Read Yahoo! Southeast Asia Rio Ribaya's report here.
10:08 AM: Former Comelec exec says malfunctions in PCOS machines are "isolated cases."
10:03 AM: President Aquino says power will be restored in Calamba and Batangas soon. Reported transformer problems caused power disruption in Batangas, and some parts of Laguna.
9:55 AM: President Aquino holds a press conference. Says government is very proactive with preparations for the mid-term elections.
9:55 AM: President Aquino finishes voting. Got his purple mark. Looks like the PCOS machines was working well in his polling precinct. #purplethumb
9:54 AM: Congressman Manny Pacquiao votes in Saranggani.
9:49 AM: Some of the early voters among the senatorial aspirants include Chiz Escudero, Greco Belgica and Sonny Angara.
9:47 AM: President Aquino casts his vote.
9:40 AM: PCOS machines in Batangas, Marikina reported. Earlier, Comelec says voting is delayed in at least 100 polling precincts due to technical problems.
9:35 AM: Former President Joseph Estrada and Manila mayor candidate Joseph Estrada arrives at the P. Burgos Elementary School in Manila. TV feeds show media hounding Estrada as he went straight to the polling place.
9:33 AM: Senator Juan Ponce Enrile casts vote in Cagayan.
If you haven't decided whom to vote, you can check out our candidate profiles, and pick those who share your stand.
9:24 AM: President Aquino arrives at Concepcion South Central school in Tarlac.
9:17 AM: Yahoo! Southeast Asia reporter Kim Patria reports that Comelec says elections has not started in at least 100 polling precincts due to technical problems.
9:01 AM: GMA News TV shows long queues of voters in a polling precinct in Quezon City. Meanwhile, reports say over 100 PCOS machines were found malfunctioning.
8:56 AM: Here are some photos from voting precincts in Manila and Cainta, Rizal.
8:50 AM: So far, we have seen Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Senatorial candidate Grace Poe and Cynthia Villar are now in their respective precincts.
8:42AM: Senatorial candidate Grace Poe arrives at the polling precinct in San Juan.
8:38AM: Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes says there are 78,000 PCOS machines deployed for today's mid-term elections.
8:31AM: Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim arrives in polling precinct.
8:26 AM: Comelec reports some malfunctioning precinct count optical scan machines in some areas, including Manila. Board of Election inspectors addressed situation. Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes says the election has been smooth so far.
Another senatorial candidate Greco Belgica, casts his vote early.
— Jason Domantay (@jason_domantay) May 12, 2013
Senator Chiz Escudero votes in Sorsogon City.