• Roxas spent P487M in polls


    DEFEATED Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd spent P487 million for his presidential run in May, according to documents he filed at the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

    Roxas submitted his statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) on Wednesday, the deadline given by the poll body.

    He claimed to have spent P487,331,601.36 during the campaign period, making him the second biggest spender next to Sen. Grace Poe, who declared a total expenditure of P510 million.

    Roxas submitted 50 boxes of supporting documents to the Comelec Campaign Finance Office (CFO).

    His campaign spokesman, Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez, said of the amount, P18,037,139.01 came from the personal fund of the defeated LP bet, while the rest or P469,294,462.35 were contributions.

    Among the biggest contributors to Roxas’ campaign kitty were his mother, Judy Roxas, P90 million, and uncle Jorge Araneta, P70 million.

    Roxas was the last to file his SOCE, having failed to meet the June 8 deadline earlier imposed by the Comelec.

    The commission granted the LP a 14-day extension or until June 22, for the party to file its SOCE.

    The Comelec decision prompted the resignation of Senior Commissioner Christian Robert Lim as commissioner-in-charge and head of the CFO.

    Lim had opposed the granting of the request for extension by Roxas and the LP.
    He maintained that the grant of extension was “illegal” because it was tantamount to amending Republic Act 7166 or the Synchronized National and Local Elections and for Electoral Reforms Law.

    He said that the Omnibus Rule on Campaign Finance clearly states that the June 8 deadline was “final and non-extendible.”


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    1. Fred Pescador on

      Is commissioner Lim the only official in COMELEC who can interpret the law? If this is the case then the other officials especially the chairman should go to a massive schooling of the COMELEC laws or maybe this is just one of the”selective justice”that the BS Aquino trained them for?

    2. Comelec Commissioner Lim is a real and honorable givernment official. Sir, my salute!