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Soce reveals biggest spender in May 2016 polls

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Soce reveals biggest spender in May 2016 polls

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

PRESIDENT-elect Rodrigo Duterte has spent close to P400 million during the entire campaign season leading up to May 9 polls.

Based on his Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (Soce) submitted to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday--the last day of filing for the document-- the incoming Chief Executive's election-related expenditures totalled P371,461,480.23.

Duterte had received P375,009,474.90 in contributions with P298,303,792 cash donations, and P76,705,682.90 of in-kind contributions.

He, however, only spent P200,000 from his personal funds.

Among Duterte’s biggest contributors were Antonio Floirendo Jr., P75 million; Dennis Uy, P30 million; Samuel Uy, P30 million; and Lorenzo Te, P30 million, all from Davao City; and Bienvenido Tan of Makati City, P20 million.

His running mate Senator Allan Peter Cayetano contributed more than P70 million in-kind, representing tandem ads.

On the other hand, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo declared a total of P423,163,737.34 and P418,664,130.60, in contributions and expenditures, respectively.

Her total cash contributions amounted to P406,106,250.19; donations in kind from other sources amounting to P192,338.83 and in kind contributions from political party totalling to P16,865,148.32.

Meanwhile, outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay’s Soce showed that he received a total of P463,453,000 cash contributions, and spent P463,375,216.37 of it.

Binay's running mate Senator Gregorio Honasan got a total of P25,790,000 in cash and P173,450 in-kind contributions. His total expenditures amounted to P26,259,889.20 with P296,449.20 coming from his personal funds.

Outgoing Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago declared having received and spent an equal amount of P74,652,689.87, all are donated in-kind from her party, People’s Reform Party (PRP).

Santiago’s vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., spent a total of P140,539,366.34. Based on his SOCE, he received a total of P123,640,000.00 in cash contributions and P7,067,735.00 in kind donations. He also paid out a total of P9,831,760.42 in personal funds.

Vice presidential candidate Senator Antonio Trillanes IV declared to have received P61,159,497.87, with P61,000,000 and P159,497.87, in cash and in kind contributions. His total expenditures totalled to P61,896,067.36 including P736,569.49 from personal funds.

According to the SOCE of Cayetano, it said he received contributions amounting to P188,930,000.00 and spent P189,129,872.48.

Presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe revealed she received a total of P511,950,000.00 in cash contributions and had total expenditures amounting to P510,845,262.56.

Poe’s partner in the May 2016 polls, Senator Francis Joseph Escudero, got a total of P322,100,000.00 in cash and P467,073.60 in kind donations amounting to P322,567,073.60. He spent of P321,014,827.64.

Liberal Party’s standard-bearer, Manuel Roxas II, failed to submit his SOCE.

Meanwhile, the top five spenders in the senatorial race were Francis Tolentino, with a total spending of P199,146,623.72 followed by elected Senators Joel Villanueva, P163,787,074.02; Sherwin Gatchalian, P157,077,338.62 and Ralph Recto, P131,867,403.89 and Isko Domagoso, P120,197,670.90.

Under the law, all candidates and political parties must file their full, true, and itemized SOCE within 30 days after Election Day.

Winning candidates that failed to submit their SOCEs will prevent them from assuming the public posts they have won.

The Comelec has already said it will still evaluate the SOCEs submitted by the candidates on whether their contents are truthful and if anyone had overspent.

Candidates for president and vice president are allowed to spend P10 for every registered voter in the country and overseas; while candidates for other positions can spend P3 for every voter currently registered in the constituency where they are running.

Independent candidates, meanwhile, can spend P5 for every voter currently registered in the area where they are running; while political parties and party-list groups are also allowed to spend P5 for every voter. (FP/Sunnex)


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