Nancy Binay no-show at proclamation

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United Nationalist Alliance's Nancy Binay was a no-show at the proclamation of the top six Senators Thursday.

Binay, who was the only UNA candidate to have made it to the top six, was not seen at the ceremonies that formally announced winning election candidates. All other Senator-elects Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero, and Sonny Angara were present.

Commission on Election Chairman Sixto Brillantes only said Binay "sent word she wouldn't be arriving." Binay's counsel received the certificate of proclamation in her behalf instead.

Earlier in the day, UNA filed a motion to Comelec to postpone the proclamation, following claims that someone from Smartmatic tampered with a "regional life."

Related: Why UNA wants to delay proclamation

“It only makes sense for them to stop proclamation until they explain the suspicious transmission of election results from the remaining 30 percent of PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan) machines,” UNA campaign manager Tobias “Toby” Tiangco said in a press conference earlier.

UNA even said they are willing to sacrifice Binay's "proclamation" if Comelec will be able to explain the alleged inconsistencies in the vote data.

Comelec junked the motion and pushed through with the proclamation. 

Newly-elected Senators Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero, Nancy Binay (not present) and Sonny Angara (Voltaire Domingo/NPPA Images)
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