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8 (of the 24) seats in the Senate
13 seats needed for a majority
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A senatorial election were held in the Philippines on November 8, 1971. The opposition Liberal Party took 5 seats in the Philippine Senate while 3 seats were taken by the Nacionalista Party, the administration party; a consequence of the Plaza Miranda bombing on August 21, 1971 which wounded all the Liberal Party's candidates and almost took the lives of John Henry Osmeña and Jovito Salonga. Their terms as senators were cut short due to the declaration of martial law by Philippines Ferdinand Marcos on September 23, 1972.
Due to the ratification of a new constitution in 1973, Senate was abolished and the unicameral parliamentary Batasang Pambansa was instituted. In 1986, a new constitution was approved in 1987 that reverted the bicameral setup. This means that this would be the last election for the Senate until the 1987 election.
|3||John Henry Osmeña||Liberal||4,668,092||49.6%|
|6||Ramon Mitra Jr.||Liberal||3,916,833||41.6%|
|9||Manuel Elizalde Jr.||Nacionalista||3,407,276||36.2%|
|12||Juan Ponce Enrile||Nacionalista||3,044,461||32.3%|
|13||Salipada K. Pendatun||Liberal||2,885,336||30.6%|
|15||Leonila D. Garcia||Nacionalista||2,473,684||26.3%|
|16||Cipriano Tito Primicias Jr.||Nacionalista||2,099,148||22.3%|
|Note: A total of 16 candidates ran for senator.||Source:|
*Liberal Party's guest candidate.