Rosario, La Union: Saying his reported P1-billion pre-campaign expenses for political advertisements was a non-issue, Vice President Jejomar Binay assured that the sum spent by his party, the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) for such ads are within the limits.
Binay made the statement when asked about a Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) report on presidential candidates’ expenses for ads. The UNA standard bearer was allegedly the top spender with P1.05 billion worth of ads placed.
“Iha, hindi naman iha isyu ‘yan. May limit ‘yan kung hanggang saan ka makakagastos.
Hindi naman ito isyu kung malaki o maliit ‘yung nagastos. ‘Yung gastos isyu ‘yan pagkatapos ng halalan. E kami sine-share na namin sa inyo, susunod kami within the limits. ‘Yan ang igagastos namin [That is not an issue. There is a limit to how much you can spend. This is not an issue of whether your expenses were huge or little. Expenses are an issue after the elections. But we are sharing with you now, we will follow the limits. That is what we will spend],” Binay said.
He also pointed out that after the elections, candidates are required to report the source of donations.
Earlier, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who is running for President under the People’s Reform Party, urged her rivals to undergo lifestyle checks in connection with the amount they spend in political advertisements.
When asked on the matter, Binay replied, “Alam mo iha, there is time for everything. Hindi naman requirement ‘yun. Ano bang kwan dun? [You know, there is time for everything. That is not a requirement].”
Santiago questioned how her fellow presidential aspirants were able to spend for ads allegedly beyond their declared wealth.
Meanwhile, the Binay-led UNA took its campaign on Friday to La Union province which is part of the Ilocos region.