Franklin Drilon and Juan Miguel Zubiri, who topped the race for the Senate in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City, yesterday thanked Negrenses for their support.
Drilon, who is from Iloilo City, was in first place and Zubiri, whose father is from Kabankalan City in Negros Occidental, was in second place.
The National Board of Canvassers is scheduled to proclaim the winning senators today.
In the national count Drilon was in first place among the “Magic 12” winners, while Zubiri was sixth.
“I thank the people of the Negros Island Region for their support,” Drilon told the DAILY STAR.
Zubiri, who is visiting Negros Occidental next week, said “I am humbled and overwhelmed by the show of support given to me by my kasimanwas from Negros Occidental and the whole Negros Island Region. As an original Negrosanon, I am eternally grateful for the high number of votes that I received this last election.”
“Being number two in ranking to an established Ilonggo Senator such as Frank Drilon by only a few thousand votes, I am humbled and honored to be a true representative of our new region in the Senate,” he said.
He assured the Negrenses that he will be their voice in the Senate and will fight for the sugar industry, renewable energy programs, and poverty eradication in the Negros Island Region.”
Winning senators to be proclaimed by the National Board of Canvassers aside from Drilon and Zubiri are Joel Villanueva, Vicente Sotto III, Panfilo Lacson, Richard Gordon, Manny Pacquiao, Risa Hontiveros, Francis Pangilinan, Sherwin Gatchalian, Ralph Recto and Leila de Lima.*CPG
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