Aquino, other 2010 bets cleared from Napoles funds-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
MANILA (Updated) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has cleared President Benigno Aquino III, Vice President Jejomar Binay, and other presidential and vice presidential candidates in 2010 as far as being recipients of campaign donations from controversial businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.
The decision came after Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said that they were not able to find any presidential and vice presidential candidates in the 2010 polls bearing Napoles' name in their Statement of Election Contributions and Expenditures (SECEs).
Brillantes noted that their review in the 2007 SECEs of senatorial bets also revealed a negative result, while the 2010 senatorial candidates are still under scrutiny.
The Comelec set out several weeks ago to review the candidates’ SECE records to verify reports that Napoles had been contributing to the campaign kitties of different bets.
According to Napoles' friend, talent manager Lolit Solis, Napoles personally told her that she contributed to the campaign funds of then presidential candidates Benigno Aquino III, Joseph Estrada, and Manny Villar.
Brillantes said, meanwhile, that the Comelec found one local and one party-list candidates having received donations from Napoles and pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.
"Hindi naman masyadong sikat mga 'yun. Mga talunan pa. Ibig sabihin, yung binigyan ng contribution, talo pa," said Brillantes.
He said the party-list was found to be Ang Samahan ng mga Mangangalakal Para sa Ikakaunlad ng Lokal na Ekonomiya Inc (A-Smile) and a losing congressional candidate in Pasig City.
Brillantes said the congressional candidate received P30,000 from a Mr. and Mrs. Napoles, while the A-Smile party list got a P200,000 contribution from Luy.
He stressed, however, that there is nothing illegal if candidates received contributions from Napoles.
"We are not concerned on where politicians and their contributors source their funds. What is important to us is whether they reported the contributions to us or not," said Brillantes. (HDT/Sunnex)