Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. has admitted that the poll body had received P4.1 billion from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
In an interview, Brillantes on Tuesday said the Comelec received the amount in 2012 and used it in the 2013 national elections.
He, however, clarified that they did not know, at first, that the money came from the acceleration program of the President and only knew it later on.
“Alam ko tumanggap kami [I knew that we received something]. Binigyan kami ng pera pero hindi ko alam saan galing, para sa eleksyon syempre [We were given money but I did not know where it came from, it was for the elections]. Wala naman ibang paggagamitan e [There was no other use for it]],” Brillantes explained.
He said the money was not sourced from their intelligence fund, adding that such fund is their savings.
In 2012, the Comelec warned that it would not be able to hold an automated May 2013 balloting after Congress cut the poll body’s appropriations from P13 billion to P8 billion.