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MANILA, JUNE 17, 2013
(ABS-CBN) Election season usually means a lot of spending.

Sometimes they come from one's own pockets, sometimes from campaign donors.

One month after the midterm polls, candidates both winning and losing, are required to submit a full, true and itemized accounting of the money they received and the ones they spent.

This is meant to make sure they complied with election spending rules.

This year, the government steps up its efforts and tightens monitoring of campaign-finance violations.

In fact, winning candidates won't be allowed to take their oaths if they don't file complete and accurate campaign finance reports.

The Comelec, Justice Department, and the Bureau of Internal Revenue are also teaming up to cross check data submitted by candidates, contractors, media firms, and donors. - ANC

Which Senate bet is biggest spender in 2013? Posted at 06/14/2013 10:54 AM

MANILA - A losing senatorial candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance could be the biggest spender in last month's midterm elections.

Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile reported expenditures of P150,401,072.09 and contributions of P150,797,910.18 for his campaign in last month's polls.

Enrile placed 15th in the Senate race.

Meanwhile, winning UNA bet Nancy Binay placed second in the list of biggest spenders for the 2013 polls. She reported P128,695,057.10 in expenditures and P136,869,398.78 in campaign contributions.

Three Team PNoy bets - Bam Aquino, Grace Poe and Ramon Magsaysay Jr. - also placed among the 5 biggest spenders so far in the Senate race.

Meanwhile, 6 winning senators are among the 12 senatorial candidates in the just concluded midterm elections who missed Thursday's 5 pm deadline to file their statement of contributions and expenditures.

They are Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito and Gringo Honasan.

The other six are Migs Zubiri, Risa Hontiveros, Eddie Villanueva, Teddy Casino, Marwil Llasos and Lito David. ANC HEADSTART, June 14, 2013

Biazon ‘shocked’ by political backers at BOC By Jerry E. Esplanada Philippine Daily Inquire

Who do they say is always the last to know?

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon has expressed surprise over the number of Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials and employees who have political backers.

In a recent blog, Biazon said he was “not just talking about top level or even middle management, we’re talking about even down to the clerk level.”

“Once there was a person I put in the ‘customs navy’ (floating status). It wasn’t long before I received letters from three congressmen inquiring as to why that person was removed from his post,” he said.

Biazon said “one previous commissioner even had a political map of personnel in the bureau, identifying the connections the personnel had with those in power.”

The head of the Department of Finance-attached agency, who took the helm of the BOC in late 2011, tagged the “padrino system” (godfather or sponsor) as one of the “challenges that hamper the bureau’s journey toward being a reformed agency of government.”

Biazon said he was planning to push for a Congress measure prohibiting endorsements and recommendations from politicians and other persons of influence in the hiring and promotion of customs personnel.

In a text message to the Inquirer yesterday, he said he was “still thinking if I’ll push for that as a separate bill or incorporate it into the customs modernization bill.”

“As for other ideas on insulating the bureau from political patronage, I’ll bring them out at the appropriate time so as not to preempt them,” he said.

According to Biazon, the political patronage-related bill “should include the establishment of specific qualifications for anyone to be hired by the Bureau of Customs.”

“For instance, only those who have taken up customs administration or are licensed customs brokers should be hired,” he said.

Last week, he said the BOC would embark on a “proactive lobby and advocacy” for the passage of the customs modernization bill in the 16th Congress.

“We want it to become a priority legislation and be passed before President Aquino’s term ends in 2016. Because the first abrasive thing we should do to reform the bureau is to update the antiquated Tariff and Customs Code (which was enacted into law in 1957). All other efforts would be incomplete if we don’t do this basic step,” he had told the Customs Kapihan media forum.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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