May 13, 2013, midnight
The Philippines held general elections on May 13, after President Benigno AQUINO called for elections halfway through his administration’s 6-year term. At stake in this election were 12/24 Senate (Senado) seats and 291 seats in the House of Representatives (Kalulungan Ng Mga Kinatawan). In the House of Representatives, 233 members are elected by a plurality vote in single member districts, and 58 are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system. In the Senate, members are elected by plurality vote in multimember districts (plurality-at-large). Although official results of the election are still to be announced, unofficial results show 6 leading candidates in the Senate to be from the pro-Aquino ‘Team PNoy’ coalition, consisting of the Liberal Party (LP), Nationalista Party (NP), Akbayan, Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), and Struggle of Democratic Filipinos (LDP).