Robin Padilla is just as surprised as the Internet

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Filipino voters started their week by electing their selected candidates on May 9. During the evening of the same day, partial and unofficial results were released by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) transparency server. When it comes to the Senate race, Robin Padilla placed at the top, which surprised the Internet and even the actor himself.

Padilla has garnered 26,219,349 votes as of writing. Speaking with TeleRadyo, Padilla admitted that he didn’t expect to be in the lead since he didn’t have the “network” and “money.” But he did mention, ‘Ang aking lamang ay po ay paninindigan at ang mga tulong ng mga kaibigan ko, asawa ko, si Pangulong Duterte, si Senator Bong Go.’

Padilla added that Vice Presidential bet frontrunner Sara Duterte-Carpio’s support, his UniTeam ticket, Muslim voters, and Iglesia ni Cristo’s endorsement also plays a big part in his win.

The action star also highlighted, ‘Nararamdaman ko po na ang binoto ng tao dito ay ang aking plataporma na charter change po talaga… Isulong po natin ang pagbibigay ng kapangyarihan sa mga lalawigan, yun po ang pederalismo.’

Following Padilla in the partial and unofficial list as of May 10, 12:32 PM is Antique Rep. Loren Legarda with 23,812,865 votes, while Raffy Tulfo, who is known for his Wanted Sa Radyo radio program, came in third with 23,013,891, votes.

Other candidates who scored a spot in the Magic 12 includes Win Gatchalian, Chiz Escudero, Mark Villar, Alan Peter Cayetano, Migz Zubiri, Joel Villanueva, JV Ejercito, Risa Hontiveros and Jinggoy Estrada respectively.

Most of the top 12 senatorial aspirants who made it to the list are affiliated with the tandem of the leading presidential bet Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his running mate, Duterte-Carpio. Other candidates like Cayetano and Tulfo, both ran as independents, and Hontiveros was under the senate slate of VP Leni Robredo and Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.

Many online users expressed their dismay at COMELEC’s unofficial results. Some expressed their favor for other bets, while others were shocked at how Padilla received more votes compared to other presidential candidates.

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