Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.


Dela Rosa tops Filipino expat poll vote in UAE


ABU DHABI – Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa topped the Senate race in the overseas Philippine vote in the UAE.

Dela Rosa, a strong ally of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, took the top spot for senator in the overseas poll in the UAE with 35,473 votes.

He was in the UAE last year as a guest speaker at the launch of the PNP’s first Global Police Community Relations (Global PCR) initiative for overseas Filipino workers.

In second place is former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, also a Duterte ally, who got 34,019 votes.

Doc Willie Ong, a cardiologist and health columnist, grabbed the third spot with 32,233 votes.

More than 44,000 registered Filipino voters cast their ballot during the month-long overseas voting period from April 13 to May 13. Filipinos voted for 12 senators and one party list group.

The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi is consolidating the final batch of votes from precincts in the UAE, with 60 SD cards containing the votes of more than 28,000 Filipinos.

Statement from Philippine envoy

Meanwhile, Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, Hjayceelyn M. Quintana, commended Filipino voters in the UAE for a “smooth, peaceful, clean, and orderly voting in all our precincts, both in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.”

“Voting is a high act of patriotism that every Filipino can perform as a Filipino citizen. I’m proud of all those who did not let the simple inconveniences get in the way in exercising that right so that every Filipino, wherever they may be, could participate in nation-building,” Quintana said in a statement sent to

The ambassador also commended embassy and consulate staff as well as volunteers for their “selfless service during the voting period.”

“Over all, we can declare the elections a success,” she said. “We have shown once again that our democracy is alive as we let our voices heard. We should now unite behind those who have been elected and extend our full support to them so that together, we can build a bright future for our nation.”

In the Philippines, partial results released by election body Comelec showed De La Rosa and Go in the top five of the senatorial list as of May 18 (Saturday), with 98.12 percent of votes counted. Details below:

Philippine senatorial race results

1. VILLAR, CYNTHIA: 25,089,903
2. POE, GRACE: 21,895,835
3. GO, BONG GO: 20,419,713
4. CAYETANO, PIA: 19,613,701
5. DELA ROSA, BATO: 18,771,223
6. ANGARA, EDGARDO SONNY: 18,026,442
7. LAPID, LITO: 16,862,667
8. MARCOS, IMEE: 15,714,877
9. TOLENTINO, FRANCIS: 15,341,280
10. BONG REVILLA, RAMON JR: 14,525,865
11. PIMENTEL, KOKO: 14,525,390
12. BINAY, NANCY: 14,436,107


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