Nancy Binay no-show at proclamation

Thea Alberto-Masakayan
Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom
16 May 2013
United Nationalist Alliance Miting de Avance
Senatorial candidate Nancy Binay during the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) meeting de avance, in Tondo, Manila on 10 May 2013, two days before the May 13, 2013 national and local elections. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)

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.