Except for Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas, all presidential candidates, led by incoming President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday filed before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) their respective statements of contributions and expenditures (SOCEs) in compliance with election laws.
Vice President Jejomar Binay was the biggest election spender among them with P463.375 million. The amount all came from cash contributions from outside sources; Binay did not spent even a single centavo out of his own pocket.
Duterte, on the other hand, received a total of P375 million in contributions. Of the amount, P298.303 million were cash contributions and P76.705 million were contributions in kind.
The President in waiting spent P200,000 paid out of his personal resources. He incurred total expenditures of P371.461 million.
Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago had total expenditures of P74.652 million, all of which came from in-kind contributions.
As of press time, the Comelec’s Project Management Office (PMO) has not yet release a copy of Senator Grace Poe’s SOCE.
All six vice-presidential candidates – Vice President-elect Lenie Robredo and Senators Peter Cayetano, Gringo Honasan, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Francis Escudero and Antonio Trillanes IV – filed their respective SOCEs before the original 5 p.m. cutoff period.
The Comelec extended the filing of SOCE to 6:30 p.m., contrary to an earlier announcement made by Chairman Juan Andres Bautista and Senior Commissioner Christian Robet Lim that there would be no extension.
Among the candidates for vice president, Robredo incurred the biggest expenditures at P418.664 million.
Robredo received total contributions of P423.163 million. Of the amount, P406.106 million were cash contributions from outside sources, P192.338 million in-kind contributions, and P16.865 million from her political party.
Second was Escudero with an expenditure of P321,014,827.64 out of the P322,567,073 cash and in-kind contributions he received.
WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL