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POE 'BIGGEST POLL SPENDER AT P510 MILLION'
[BASED ON RECORDS PAST 5 P.M.; COMELEC STILL AWAITING ROXAS' EXPENSE REPORT]
[RELATED: JUNE 10-Mar, LP seek more time in filing SOCE]


JUNE 8 -Senator Grace Poe. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / LEO M. SABANGAN II
Sen. Grace Poe was the biggest spender in the May 9 election, incurring a total of P510.84 million in campaign expenses for her presidential bid, where she placed third with 9.1 million votes. Based on her campaign expense report submitted beyond the 5 p.m. deadline on Wednesday, Poe received P511.95 million in cash from various sources. None was indicated for in-kind contributions. Her report also showed that she did not use personal resources for her campaign. Only Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas did not file his campaign expense report among the candidates who vied for the the highest position in the country. The Comelec-Campaign Finance Office extended the 5 p.m. deadline to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Under Comelec Resolution No. 9991, failure to submit the SOCE for the first time carries a petty penalty of paying an administrative fine ranging from P10,000 to P30,000 depending on the position; second-time offenders will have to pay P20,000 to P60,000 and could be perpetually barred from seeking public office. SFM FULL REPORT RELATED, Mar, LP seek more time in filing SOCE...

ALSO: Davao rich bankrolled Rody
[BUT POE WAS BIGGEST SPENDER: P510M; ROBREDO SPENT P418M; MARCOS SPENT P140.5M]
[RELATED: Duterte spent over P371M for successful campaign; Binay poured P463M]


JUNE 8 -President-elect Rodrigo Duterte INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES President-elect Rodrigo Duterte INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte spent over P371 million on his campaign for Malacañang, bankrolled largely by big businessmen and patrons from Davao City, according to his statement of contributions and expenditures (Soce) submitted on Wednesday to the Commission on Elections (Comelec). But Duterte was not the biggest campaign spender among the five candidates in the May 9 presidential election. That honor goes to Sen. Grace Poe, who reported spending P510.84 million on her campaign, which saw her finishing the race in third place. Wednesday was the deadline for the submission of campaign expenditure reports. Administration presidential candidate Mar Roxas, who finished the race in second place, failed to meet the deadline. The Comelec’s Campaign Finance Office extended the 5 p.m. deadline to 6:30 p.m., but no report from Roxas arrived. Under Comelec Resolution No. 9991, failure to submit the Soce for the first time is punishable by a fine of P10,000 to P30,000 depending on the position. Second-time offenders will be fined P20,000 to P60,000 and they could be perpetually barred from running for public office. Outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay invested P463.45 million in his failed bid for the presidency, while Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago was the most frugal, spending only P74.6 million. According to Poe’s report, she received P511.95 million in cash donations from various sources. The report did not indicate donations in kind. It also showed that she did not spend her own money on her campaign for the presidency. Duterte’s financiers Documents submitted to the Comelec also showed that former Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr., son of the late banana magnate Antonio Floirendo Sr., made the biggest contribution to Duterte’s campaign, P75 million, or 20 percent of the total contributions to the electoral war chest of the longtime mayor of Davao City. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte spent over P371M for successful campaign; Binay poured P463M
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ALSO: Duterte, Robredo, 7 senators-elect file SOCE on time
[President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo, 7 elected senators submitted Statements O Contributions and Expenses (SOCE) on Wednesday within the deadline set by the Comelec]
[RELATED: Non-filing puts Leni, LP in peril]


JUNE 8 -The Commission on Elections had set its deadline for candidates in the May 9 elections to submit their statements of contributions and expenditures on June 8, 5 p.m.
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo, and seven elected senators have submitted their statements of contributions and expenses (SOCE) on Wednesday afternoon, within the deadline set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). According to his SOCE, Duterte spent P371.46 million in his presidential bid. He received about P375 million worth of contributions from his running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Davao Rep. Antonion Floirendo Jr., Davao businessmen, and others. Vice President Jejomar Binay declared that he spent P463.38 million while Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago's expenses reached P74.65 million. As of writing time, the camp of Sen. Grace Poe is still filing her SOCE while former Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II failed to submit his SOCE on time. Meanwhile, Robredo declared that she spent P418.66 million for her vice presidential bid. Her SOCE indicated that she declared zero spending as most of her campaign funds came from the Liberal Party and other contributors. Cayetano declared that his expenses on his vice presidential campaign amounted to P189.13 million while Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV declared that he spent P61.90 million. The camp of Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero and Sen. Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan II have also submitted their SOCE before the deadline. READ MORE...RELATED, Non-filing puts Leni, LP in peril...

ALSO: Roxas misses deadline for filing campaign spending report
[RELATED: Aquino Admin bets’ fate in peril as LP fails to submit SOCE]


JUNE 8 -MAR ROXAS: Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas was the only presidential candidate who missed the deadline for filing of expenditure reports at the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Atty. Mazna Vergara of the Comelec campaign finance office told reporters Wednesday night that as of 6:30 p.m., Roxas was still not in the list of candidates whose statements of contributions and expenditures (SOCEs) have been received. Roxas has been deemed a "non-filer" by the poll body. Comelec extended the deadline of filing by an hour and a half, from the original 5 p.m. cut-off to 6:30 p.m. Representatives of his rivals all made it to the deadline, most of them within the last few hours of filing. According to Comelec Resolution No. 9990, the June 8 deadline is "final and non-extendible." Late filers will no longer be accepted, contrary to practice in previous elections. Non-filing takes its effect on winning candidates, who will not be allowed to assume their posts if they or their political parties failed to submit the report. READ MORE...RELATED, Aquino Admin bets’ fate in peril as LP fails to submit SOCE...

ALSO: Duterte flies to Cebu for thanksgiving party with supporters
[RELATED: ‘Most powerful PH leader since Marcos’]


JUNE 8 -President-elect Rodrigo Duterte during his “miting de avance” at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta before the May 9 elections which he won. KIMBERLY DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
CEBU CITY — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte flew to Cebu on Wednesday to join in the thanksgiving party organized by a private group that helped him in his successful presidential bid. Incoming Cabinet secretaries, bloggers and businessmen were among the 280 guests expected to join the private party at the Cebu Country Club along the Governor Mariano Cuenco Avenue in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City. It was supposed to start at past 6 p.m. They included incoming Secretaries Alfonso Cusi of Energy and Vitaliano Aguirre III of Justice, incoming Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and former Cebu Governor Emilio “Lito” Osmeña. The other guests included local businessmen like Chito Clavano and Johnny Paras, the Veloso clan and the Duterte family, said Jonjie Gonzalez of the Bisaya Napud Movement. Although the Duranos of Danao were related to the incoming President-elect, Gonzalez said only those who helped in the campaign were invited to the event like Osmeña. The Duranos supported the presidential bid of Sen. Grace Poe. Asked if Osmeña’s cousin, incoming Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña would be attending, Gonzalez just laughed and did not confirm anything. Tomas Osmeña also declined to comment if he would attend Duterte’s thanksgiving party. But his staff member told GMA-7 news team that the incoming mayor and his wife, acting Cebu City Mayor Margot Osmeña would attend the party. Although he supported Liberal Party’s Mar Roxas for president in the last election, Tomas Osmeña has said he and Duterte are good friends. READ MORE...RELATED, ‘Most powerful PH leader since Marcos’...


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Poe ‘biggest poll spender at P510M’
[BASED ON RECORDS PAST 5 P.M.; COMELEC STILL AWAITING ROXAS' EXPENSE REPORT] SHARES: 575 VIEW COMMENTS By: Jocelyn R. Uy @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 08:50 PM June 8th, 2016


Senator Grace Poe. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / LEO M. SABANGAN II

MANILA, JUNE 13, 2016 (INQUIRER) Sen. Grace Poe was the biggest spender in the May 9 election, incurring a total of P510.84 million in campaign expenses for her presidential bid, where she placed third with 9.1 million votes.

Based on her campaign expense report submitted beyond the 5 p.m. deadline on Wednesday, Poe received P511.95 million in cash from various sources. None was indicated for in-kind contributions. Her report also showed that she did not use personal resources for her campaign.

Only Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas did not file his campaign expense report among the candidates who vied for the the highest position in the country. The Comelec-Campaign Finance Office extended the 5 p.m. deadline to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Under Comelec Resolution No. 9991, failure to submit the SOCE for the first time carries a petty penalty of paying an administrative fine ranging from P10,000 to P30,000 depending on the position; second-time offenders will have to pay P20,000 to P60,000 and could be perpetually barred from seeking public office. SFM

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Mar, LP seek more time in filing SOCE 0 Share Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) - June 10, 2016 - 12:00am


The Comelec has deemed administration presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II as a non-filer after failing to submit his SOCE despite an hour and a half extension of Wednesday’s deadline. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Administration presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II and the Liberal Party (LP) yesterday sought a two-week extension to submit their statement of campaign contributions and expenditures (SOCE) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Roxas’ spokesman Akbayan party-list Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez said a request for extension was sent to the Comelec “asking for an additional 14 days within which to complete the filing for Mar Roxas and the Liberal Party.”

The Comelec has deemed Roxas as a non-filer after failing to submit his SOCE despite an hour and a half extension of Wednesday’s deadline.

“The primary reason (for the request) is the voluminous number of receipts that have to be scanned and attached to the document, in compliance with the rules and in the interest of complete transparency,” Gutierrez said.

All of Roxas’ rivals for the presidency were able to meet the filing deadline.

Independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe was the biggest spender, with campaign expenditures amounting to P510.8 million.

Poe was followed by United Nationalist Alliance bet Vice President Jejomar Binay with P463.3 million; president-elect Rodrigo Duterte, P371.4 million and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, P74.6 million.

Roxas’ runningmate, vice president-elect Leni Robredo, was able to submit her SOCE on time.

Robredo, whose SOCE showed campaign expenditures totaling P418.6 million, spent the most among the vice presidential candidates.

Under election laws, candidates who fail to the submit their SOCES are slapped with fines ranging from P30,000 to P60,000. The erring candidate may also be perpetually disqualified from holding public office.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the poll body is studying Roxas’ request, but stressed that they want to strictly comply with the law.

“Certainly, there will be many factors to be taken into consideration, so there will be a lot of discussions on the specific grounds as justification for any sort of extension,” he said.

Apart from the LP, Jimenez reported that two other political parties have not complied with the SOCE requirement: the Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) of re-elected Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Aksyon Demokratiko.

Leni fate hanging?

Meanwhile, Robredo may not be able to assume her post due to her political party’s failure to submit the required SOCE.

Robredo, who won by a slim margin against Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., ran under the LP in the general elections last May 9 elections.

Jimenez said the law provides that a winning candidate is not allowed to assume his post if he himself or his political party did not submit the SOCE.

“As you can imagine, that might have far reaching consequences,” Jimenez said.

He said the candidate has no liability if it’s the political party that failed to submit the SOCE.

“It would be the political party which is answerable to the candidate,” he said.

Jimenez said the impact of the LP’s failure to comply with the law is still being discussed by the seven-member commission.

‘Still premature’

Robredo’s election lawyer chided Jimenez for warning that his client may not be able to assume office because of her party’s failure to submit their SOCE.

Romulo Macalintal yesterday said while Jimenez was correct that winning candidates who fail to submit their SOCEs are not allowed to assume office without the reports, it was “too early” for him to say that.

“Vice President Leni Robredo will assume office on June 30, which is more than two weeks away. I believe there was a request for an extension on the part of the LP, so I think such statements are premature,” Macalintal told The STAR.

Drilon’s papers defective

LP winning senatorial candidate Franklin Drilon was also unable to fully comply with the SOCE filing.

Jimenez said Drilon’s papers have some formal defects because he did not follow the format in the filing of the SOCE.

“All of these questions as a general rule have been referred to the commission to make the decision,” Jimenez said.

The Comelec requires all candidates to file a SOCE to check who have overspent or who may be held liable for accepting illegal contributions.

“The point of SOCE is to check compliance with the campaign rules,” he said. – With Mayen Jaymalin


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Davao rich bankrolled Rody
[BUT POE WAS BIGGEST SPENDER: P510M] SHARES: 567 VIEW COMMENTS By: Jocelyn R. Uy @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:23 AM June 9th, 2016


President-elect Rodrigo Duterte INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES President-elect Rodrigo Duterte INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte spent over P371 million on his campaign for Malacañang, bankrolled largely by big businessmen and patrons from Davao City, according to his statement of contributions and expenditures (Soce) submitted on Wednesday to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

But Duterte was not the biggest campaign spender among the five candidates in the May 9 presidential election.

That honor goes to Sen. Grace Poe, who reported spending P510.84 million on her campaign, which saw her finishing the race in third place.

Wednesday was the deadline for the submission of campaign expenditure reports.

Administration presidential candidate Mar Roxas, who finished the race in second place, failed to meet the deadline.

The Comelec’s Campaign Finance Office extended the 5 p.m. deadline to 6:30 p.m., but no report from Roxas arrived.

Under Comelec Resolution No. 9991, failure to submit the Soce for the first time is punishable by a fine of P10,000 to P30,000 depending on the position.

Second-time offenders will be fined P20,000 to P60,000 and they could be perpetually barred from running for public office.

Outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay invested P463.45 million in his failed bid for the presidency, while Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago was the most frugal, spending only P74.6 million.

According to Poe’s report, she received P511.95 million in cash donations from various sources. The report did not indicate donations in kind. It also showed that she did not spend her own money on her campaign for the presidency.

Duterte’s financiers

Documents submitted to the Comelec also showed that former Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr., son of the late banana magnate Antonio Floirendo Sr., made the biggest contribution to Duterte’s campaign, P75 million, or 20 percent of the total contributions to the electoral war chest of the longtime mayor of Davao City.

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The campaign expense report submitted by Duterte’s representatives on Wednesday showed that Floirendo donated P25 million in cash in March and P50 million in April.

In total, Duterte received P375,009,474.90 million, of which over P298 million was in cash and the rest in kind, such as tables and chairs, light and sound systems, campaign posters and vehicles for motorcades.

Duterte’s expense report also showed he had P3.5 million left.

Duterte reported that he spent P200,000 of his own money on his campaign.

Among his other top contributors were Dennis Uy of Davao-based Phoenix Petroleum (P30 million); Samuel Uy of Davao farms and Davao Import Distributors Inc. (P30 million); Lorenzo Te of Honda Cars Davao (P30 million); Tomas Alcantara, chair and president of the Alsons Group (P12 million); brother Nicasio Alcantara (P16 million) and Felix Ang, president of CATS Motors Inc. (P10 million).

Binay’s expense report showed that there was over P77,000 left of the total P463,453,000 cash contributions to his presidential campaign.

Santiago’s report stated that she had spent all of the P74,652,689.87, which was identified as in-kind contributions received from her political party, People’s Reform Party.

Biggest VP spender

Among the six vice presidential candidates, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo had the biggest expenditure, amounting to over P418 million.

Robredo’s report showed that she received a total of P423,163,737.34, of which over P406 million was cash received from various sources; more than P192,000 in kind from various sources, and P16 million in kind from the Liberal Party.

Her closest rival, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., reported that he spent only P140.54 million. Of this amount, P9.8 million was his own money. He received a total of P130.7 million in cash and in-kind donations from various sources.

Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero received over P322 million in contributions. He spent P320.5 million. His report showed that he did not use personal funds for his vice presidential campaign.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate, reported receiving P188.9 million in donations. He spent P189.12 million, of which P199,872.48 was his own money.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV received P61.16 million in donations. He shelled out P736,569 from his own pocket, spending a total of P61.89 million on his failed vice presidential bid.

Sen. Gringo Honasan spent the least among the vice presidential candidates, paying only P26.25 million for his campaign. He received P25.9 million in cash and in-kind donations from various sources and spent P296,449.20 of his own money.

Senatorial candidates

Among the senatorial candidates who submitted their expenditure reports on Wednesday, former Metro Manila Development Authority Chair Francis Tolentino spent the biggest amount, P199.15 million, but failed to win a seat in the Senate.

Next were winning senatorial candidates Joel Villanueva (P163.78 million), Sherwin Gatchalian (P157.07 million) and Ralph Recto (P131.87 million).

Losing senatorial candidates Isko Moreno and Sen. Teofisto Guingona III spent over P120 million and P92.30 million, respectively.

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Duterte spent over P371M for successful campaign; Binay poured P463M
[ROBREDO SPENT P418M; MARCOS SPENT P140.5M] SHARES: 694 VIEW COMMENTS By: Jocelyn R. Uy @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 08:29 PM June 8th, 2016


President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Jejomar Binay during an election season debate. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/LYN RILLON

MANILA — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte spent over P371 million in his campaign for Malacañang, bankrolled largely by big businessmen and patrons from Davao City, according to his statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) submitted to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

June 8, Wednesday, was the deadline for the submission of campaign expenditure reports.

Outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay invested a bigger amount, P463.45 million, in his failed bid for the presidency, while Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago was the most frugal, spending only P74.6 million.

Documents submitted to the Comelec also showed that former Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr., son of the late banana magnate Antonio Floirendo Sr., made the biggest contribution to Duterte’s campaign, P75 million, or 20 percent of the total contributions to the electoral war chest of the long-time mayor of Davao City.

The campaign expense report submitted by Duterte’s representatives on Wednesday showed that Floirendo donated P25 million in cash in March and P50 million in April.

In total, Duterte received P375,009,474.90 million, of which over P298 million was in cash and the rest in kind, such as tables and chairs, lights and sound systems, campaign posters and vehicles for motorcades.

Duterte’s expense report also showed he had P3.5 million left.

Duterte reported that he spent P200,000 of his own money for his campaign.

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Among his other top contributors were Dennis Uy of Davao-based Phoenix Petroleum (P30 million); Samuel Uy of Davao farms and Davao Import Distributors Inc. (P30 million); Lorenzo Te of Honda Cars Davao (P30 million); Tomas Alcantara, chair and president of the Alsons Group (P12 million); brother Nicasio Alcantara (P16 million) and Felix Ang, president of CATS Motors Inc. (P10 million).

Binay’s expense report showed that there was over P77,000 left of the total P463,453,000 cash contributions to his presidential campaign.

Santiago’s report stated that she had spent all of the P74,652,689.87, which was identified as “in-kind” contributions received from her political party, People’s Reform Party.

Among the six vice presidential candidates, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo had the biggest expenditure, amounting to over P418 million.

Robredo’s report showed that she received a total of P423,163,737.34, of which over P406 million was cash received from various sources; more than P192,000 in kind from various sources, and P16 million in kind from the Liberal Party.


Vice Presidential bets Senator Bongbong Marcos and Camarines Sur representative Leni Robredo. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE Senator Bongbong Marcos (right) and now Vice President-elect Leni Robredo during an election period debate before the May 9 polls. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Her closest rival, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., reported that he spent only P140.54 million. Of this amount, P9.8 million was his own money. He received a total of P130.7 million in cash and in kind donations from various sources.

Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero received over P322 million in contributions. Out of this amount, he spent P320.5 million. His report showed that he did not use personal funds for his vice presidential campaign.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate, reported receiving P188.9 million in donations. Of this amount, he spent P189.12 million, of which P199,872.48 was his own money.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV received P61.16 million in donations. He shelled out P736,569 from his own pocket, spending a total of P61.89 million for his failed vice presidential bid.

Sen. Gringo Honasan spent the least among the vice presidential candidates, paying only P26.25 million for his campaign. He received P25.9 million in cash and in kind donations from various sources and spent P296,449.20 of his own money.

Among the senatorial candidates who submitted their SOCE before 5 p.m. yesterday, former Metro Manila Development Authority chair Francis Tolentino spent the biggest amount in his attempt to win a seat in the Senate at P199.15 million; followed by winning senatorial candidates Joel Villaneuva (P163.78 million), Sherwin Gatchalian (P157.07 million) and Ralph Recto (P131.87 million).

Losing senatorial candidates Isko Moreno and outgoing Sen. Teofisto Guingona III spent over P120 million and P92.30 million, respectively. SFM


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Duterte, Robredo, 7 senators-elect file SOCE on time 3 Share Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) - June 8, 2016 - 6:09pm


The Commission on Elections had set its deadline for candidates in the May 9 elections to submit their statements of contributions and expenditures on June 8, 5 p.m.

MANILA, Philippines — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo, and seven elected senators have submitted their statements of contributions and expenses (SOCE) on Wednesday afternoon, within the deadline set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

According to his SOCE, Duterte spent P371.46 million in his presidential bid. He received about P375 million worth of contributions from his running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Davao Rep. Antonion Floirendo Jr., Davao businessmen, and others.

Vice President Jejomar Binay declared that he spent P463.38 million while Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago's expenses reached P74.65 million.

As of writing time, the camp of Sen. Grace Poe is still filing her SOCE while former Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II failed to submit his SOCE on time.

Meanwhile, Robredo declared that she spent P418.66 million for her vice presidential bid. Her SOCE indicated that she declared zero spending as most of her campaign funds came from the Liberal Party and other contributors.

Cayetano declared that his expenses on his vice presidential campaign amounted to P189.13 million while Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV declared that he spent P61.90 million.

The camp of Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero and Sen. Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan II have also submitted their SOCE before the deadline.

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On the other hand, seven elected senators have declared their expenses during the campaign period -
Leila de Lima (P88.15 million),
Sherwin Gatchalian (P157.08 million),
Panfilo Lacson (P87.94 million),
Manny Pacquiao (P66.43 million),
Ralph Recto (P131.87 million),
Tito Sotto (P34.78 million) and Migz Zubiri.

Five other elected senators have not yet filed their SOCE - Franklin Drilon, Richard Gordon, Risa Hontiveros, Francis Pangilinan and Joel Villanueva.

The Comelec earlier said that there will be no extension for the filing of SOCE. Candidates who failed to file their SOCE will be prevented from holding office.

Under Republic Act 7166 or the Synchronized Election law, “no person elected to any public office shall enter upon the duties of his office until he has filed the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures.”

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Non-filing puts Leni, LP in peril posted June 10, 2016 at 12:01 am by Sara Susanne D. Fabunan and Macon Ramos- Araneta


Making the deadline. Commission on Elections personnel check the lists of candidates who submitted their statements of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) late Wednesday. DANNY PATA

Winning bets may not assume posts, Comelec warns

VICE President Leni Robredo may not be able to discharge her duties because her political organization, the Liberal Party, failed to file its mandatory statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE), an official of the Commission on Elections said Thursday.

“It is in the law that if the political party was not able to file the SOCE, their candidates that won cannot assume their posts,” said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez. “That is what the law says right now. As you can imagine, that might have a far reaching consequences.”

The poll spokesman said the LP is answerable to Robredo and other winning candidates.

“If you are looking at it from the point of view of someone who ran for mayor, for example, the mayor who filed his SOCE is not at fault if the party failed to file its own SOCE. The party will have to be answerable to their candidates,” Jimenez said.

On the last day of SOCE submission, presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II failed to submit his campaign expenditures citing “voluminous number of receipts that have to be scanned and attached to the document.”


MAR ROXAS

His election lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, maintained that there was no violation of the law if his client failed to file his SOCE.

“There’s no problem. It was just a late filing. There was no violation of the law. He will still file [the SOCE] and the worst-case scenario [is] to pay a fine,” Macalintal said.

On Thursday, Roxas and his camp filed a letter of request asking the Comelec for a 14-day extension of the period of SOCE submission.

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said that the commission en banc did not decide on the Roxas request because its head of election steering committee, Commissioner Christian Robert Lim, is currently on leave.

Data from the Comelec showed that the LP fielded a total of 12,296 candidates, including standard bearer Manuel Roxas II and Vice President-elect Leni Robredo.

Aksyon Demokratico, which also failed to submit its SOCE, had a total of 528 candidates in the May 9 elections.

No data was available on the number of candidates fielded by Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masa, which also failed to submit its SOCE.

A spokesman for the LP campaign, Akbayan party-list Rep. Barry Gutierrez, said the failure of Roxas to meet the June 9 deadline for filing a SOCE would not affect Robredo in any way.

At the same time, Gutierrez said Roxas would comply with the Comelec requirement as soon as he is able to collate all the supporting documents for his SOCE.

Robredo, he said, had already filed her SOCE with the Comelec, which showed she spent a total of P418,664,130.60 for her vice presidential campaign. The vice president-elect got a total of P423,163,737.34 in contributions, based on her SOCE. Of this amount, P17,057,487.15 of the donations were in kind.

The SOCE filed by presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe showed that businessman Oscar Valera was her biggest donor, with P50 million in cash donations.

Her mother Jesusa Poe or popularly known as Susan Roces, was her second biggest contributor, with P25 million.

Odilon Sta. Teresa and Maria delas Mercedez Zobel both ranked third as Poe’s biggest donors contributing P20 million each.

Poe’s husband, Teodoro Vera Llamanzares, on the other hand, gave his wife a total of P6 million for her campaign.

A certain Teodoro Paraiso Llamanzares also gave Poe P4 million cash.

Poe was the biggest presidential campaign spender, spending P510,845,262.56 from the P511,950,000 in donations.

In a text message to reporters, Poe said as an independent candidate, she could not rely on a political party to defray her campaign expenses, which meant she had to rely on more expensive media advertising.

She expressed her gratitude, however, to supporters who were generous enough to cover the cost of political activities that they thought were necessary.

Robredo’s biggest campaign donor, meanwhile, was presidential sister and actress Kris Aquino, who gave her P30.83 million.

Base on Robredo’s submitted SOCE, the actress and television host donated four times, including three instances of P10 million each and P830,000.

During the past election campaign period, President Benigno Aquino III’s sister was seen alongside Robredo in political advertisements and attending events to campaign for her and Roxas.

Aside from the youngest sister, the third sibling, Viel Aquino-Dee, also contributed P1 million.

In her SOCE, 125 individuals made donations between P1 million and P5 million.

Other top donors among 125 individuals are Eduardo Borromeo Cu Unjieng (P10 million);

Peter Garucho (P10 million); Jose Baltazar Buenaventura (P10 million); Wellington Lim (P10 million); Harvey Keh (P5 million); and Lisa Gokingwei (P200,000).

Robredo received the most contributions in the six-way vice presidential race, with cash donations reaching P406,106,250.19.

Aside from this, she received some P17 million of in-kind contributions, the bulk of which were the P16.8 million worth of advertisements listed under Oriental Mindoro Gov. Alfonso Umali Jr., LP treasurer.

Robredo is also the top spender in the vice presidential race with P418.6 million, entirely funded by contributors. She declared zero personal spending in her campaign.

The chief of staff of outgoing Senate President Franklin Drilon, Rey Bantug, said they just received a copy of the Comelec resolution and would still need to go over the document.


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Roxas misses deadline for filing campaign spending report Published June 8, 2016 7:42pm By ROSE-AN JESSICA DIOQUINO, GMA News



Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas was the only presidential candidate who missed the deadline for filing of expenditure reports at the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Atty. Mazna Vergara of the Comelec campaign finance office told reporters Wednesday night that as of 6:30 p.m., Roxas was still not in the list of candidates whose statements of contributions and expenditures (SOCEs) have been received.

Roxas has been deemed a "non-filer" by the poll body.

Comelec extended the deadline of filing by an hour and a half, from the original 5 p.m. cut-off to 6:30 p.m.

Representatives of his rivals all made it to the deadline, most of them within the last few hours of filing.

According to Comelec Resolution No. 9990, the June 8 deadline is "final and non-extendible." Late filers will no longer be accepted, contrary to practice in previous elections.

Non-filing takes its effect on winning candidates, who will not be allowed to assume their posts if they or their political parties failed to submit the report.

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The said resolution provides that winning candidates may only assume office after they have filed their SOCEs.

Poe top spender

Based on their SOCEs, Sen. Grace Poe spent the most in her campaign with P510.8 million.

She was followed by outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay (P463.3 million), President-elect Rodrigo Duterte (P371.4 million), and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago (P74.6 million).

Roxas' running-mate, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo, filed her SOCE through her representatives at around 4 p.m.

Her SOCE showed that she spent the most in the six-way vice presidential race, with P418 million. JST, GMA News

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Admin bets’ fate in peril as LP fails to submit SOCE Written by Tribune Wires Friday, 10 June 2016 00:00


ADMIN LP STANDARD BEARERS

Winning Liberal Party candidates are at risk in not being able to perform their duties as elected officials following the LP’s failure to submit its campaign expenditures report before the deadline Wednesday afternoon.

Under Republic Act (RA) 7166, or the “Synchronized National and Local Elections and for Electoral Reforms Act,” no person elected to any public office shall enter or assume the duties of his office until he has filed the SOCE (Statement of Contributions and Expenditures).

The officials were directed to file their SOCE by June 9, and submit to the Department of Interior and Local Government a certification on SOCE compliance by June 17.

The SOCE contains the list of contribution received by the candidate or party; list of expenditure, list of any unpaid obligation, its nature and amount.

But the LP yesterday said it has already requested the Comelec for a 14-day extension to file the SOCE for the party and its standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas.

Roxas has been deemed as a “non-filer” by the poll body after he failed to submit his SOCE on time.

LP was among three national political parties that failed to submit their report on campaign expenditures, along with Aksyon Demokratiko and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.

LP campaign spokesman Barry Gutierrez cited the voluminous number of receipts which have to be scanned and attached to the document in the interest of complete transparency, as reason for their failure to submit the SOCE.

“Every receipt has to be attached in compliance with the rules and in the interest of complete transparency,” he noted.

According to the LP, the request for a two-week extension to complete the filing was sent to Comelec Wednesday.

The Fair Elections Act imposes administrative fines and penalties on candidates who fail to submit their SOCEs.

National candidates who fail to report their expenses will be fined P30,000 for the first offense.

For subsequent offenses, administrative fines can reach up to P60,000 on top of being perpetually disqualified from holding public office.

The Comelec also yesterday said it will still discuss the LP’s request for an extension.

“It’s up to the en banc. They will discuss that maybe today (Thursday),” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said in an interview."

“I cannot preview whether it’s likely or unlikely to be granted. Right now all we are going on is the earlier pronouncement of the Comelec saying there will be no extension,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, the other presidential candidates, as well as all vice presidential candidates, have submitted their respective SOCEs on time.

Among the presidential aspirants, Sen. Grace Poe has been, so far, the biggest spender whose campaign cost her P510.8 million.

She was followed by United Nationalist Alliance bet Vice President Jejomar Binay with P463.3 million; President-elect Rodrigo Duterte with P371.4 million.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago reported the least campaign expenditure at Php74.6 million.

Among the vice presidential candidates, Roxas’ running mate Leni Robredo spent the most with campaign expenditures reaching P418.8 million.

Sen. Chiz Escudero came second with P321 million, followed by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with P189.1 million.

Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos reported spending P140.5 million during the campaign while Sen. Antonio Trillanes shelled out P61.8 million and Sen. Gregorio Honasan with P26.2 million.


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Duterte flies to Cebu for thanksgiving party with supporters SHARES: 10 VIEW COMMENTS By: Carmel Loise Matus @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Visayas 08:03 PM June 8th, 2016


President-elect Rodrigo Duterte during his “miting de avance” at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta before the May 9 elections which he won. KIMBERLY DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

CEBU CITY — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte flew to Cebu on Wednesday to join in the thanksgiving party organized by a private group that helped him in his successful presidential bid.

Incoming Cabinet secretaries, bloggers and businessmen were among the 280 guests expected to join the private party at the Cebu Country Club along the Governor Mariano Cuenco Avenue in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City. It was supposed to start at past 6 p.m.

They included incoming Secretaries Alfonso Cusi of Energy and Vitaliano Aguirre III of Justice, incoming Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and former Cebu Governor Emilio “Lito” Osmeña.

The other guests included local businessmen like Chito Clavano and Johnny Paras, the Veloso clan and the Duterte family, said Jonjie Gonzalez of the Bisaya Napud Movement.

Although the Duranos of Danao were related to the incoming President-elect, Gonzalez said only those who helped in the campaign were invited to the event like Osmeña.

The Duranos supported the presidential bid of Sen. Grace Poe.

Asked if Osmeña’s cousin, incoming Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña would be attending, Gonzalez just laughed and did not confirm anything.

Tomas Osmeña also declined to comment if he would attend Duterte’s thanksgiving party. But his staff member told GMA-7 news team that the incoming mayor and his wife, acting Cebu City Mayor Margot Osmeña would attend the party.

Although he supported Liberal Party’s Mar Roxas for president in the last election, Tomas Osmeña has said he and Duterte are good friends.

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Gonzalez said the two-hour event would not be open for media coverage and would be a private gathering of individuals who pushed to have a Bisaya in Malacañang.

“There will be Cebu lechon definitely. We will be serving wine. There will be a short entertainment,” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a phone interview.

“It will be an informal affair. Basta private affair lang. No media,” he added.

Among the performers would be the incoming President’s son, Sebastian Duterte, Cebuana singer Anna Fegi, Kurt Fick, first Sinulog Idol Champion Jacqueline Chang, and other Bisaya singers.

Michael Dino, Bisaya na Pud Movement co-founder and incoming Presidential Assistant for the Visayas; and Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate, have been tapped to deliver messages.

But Gonzalez said the party would end after Duterte’s turn at the mike.

“Then there will be a photo-op after the party with the group,” he added.

Bisaya Napud is a private organization that helped Duterte and Cayetano in their campaign last May elections.

Doris Mongaya, Visayas media coordinator of the Duterte Campaign Team and one of the organizers of the One Love, One Nation Cebu organizing team, said another thanksgiving party has been scheduled for June 25, which would be open to all Duterte supporters. The event, expected to draw thousands, has been set at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC), which could accommodate a big crowd, she said.

But nothing was final yet as of Wednesday, Mongoya said.

“This is open to all groups, all supporters, all individuals,” Mongoya said in a separate interview.

During the party, they would launch the Cebu Alliance for Change (#call4change) Movement to serve as a watchdog that would monitor the implementation of the pro-people agenda under the Duterte administration.

Duterte received 1,022,805 votes in Cebu (726,559 votes in the Cebu province and 296,246 in Cebu City) during the May 9 polls.

He was ahead of Roxas by about half a million votes even if the LP standard bearer had the support of most local officials.

After the party, Duterte was scheduled to meet with lawyer Rex Fernandez of the Duterte Campaign Team in Cebu at the Adnama Building along Potenciano Larazzabal Avenue in Mandaue City, Cebu.

Fernandez said that shifting the form of government to federalism would be among the topics that he and Duterte would discuss.

The President-elect will spend the night at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City and will fly back to Davao City on Thursday morning, according to organizers of the event. SFM

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‘Most powerful PH leader since Marcos’ SHARES: 2855 VIEW COMMENTS By: Gil C. Cabacungan @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:33 AM June 9th, 2016


President elect Rodrigo Duterte clenches his fist during the thanksgiving party held at Crocodile Park, Ma-a, Davao City, June 4, 2016. PHOTO BY EDWIN BACASMAS/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Rodrigo Duterte is on course to becoming the Philippines’ most powerful President since his idol, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Former Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello said that with a supermajority in the House of Representatives and the Senate in his first year and the upcoming vacancies on the Supreme Court that have to be filled, Duterte would have control of all three branches of government.

The 71-year-old Duterte doesn’t even have to declare martial law, or form a revolutionary government, as he had threatened to do during the campaign period, Bello told the Inquirer.

Bello said he was appalled by the emerging supermajority coalition in the next Congress even though Duterte’s Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) had only three members in the 290-strong House—Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte, Erik Martinez of Valenzuela, and Jun Papandayan of Lanao del Sur—and only Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III in the 24-member Senate.

“Due to the shameless turncoatism of Liberal Party members desperate to preserve chairmanships of committees, we are left with no viable opposition or minority in Congress. At the beginning of Aquino’s term in 2010, there were at least around 30 members of the minority. Now you’re down to probably less than five,” said Bello.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., LP vice chair, met with Duterte on Tuesday to signify the “daang matuwid” decision to join PDP-Laban’s Coalition for Change.

Virtual dictatorship

“I don’t blame people for regarding congressmen as rascals who are only out for themselves. And I won’t be surprised if Duterte treats these turncoats with the contempt they deserve,” said Bello.

A few hours after Alvarez declared that the PDP-Laban had clinched a supermajority in the next Congress, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said a supermajority was being formed in the Senate with Pimentel as Senate President, the LP’s Frank Drilon as president pro tempore and the Nationalist People’s Coalition’s Vicente Sotto III as majority leader.

“With Duterte appointing nine of retiring Supreme Court members by 2019, we are left with a very powerful President, the most powerful since Marcos,” said Bello.

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He said that with check and balance among government institutions “on the verge of extinction,” he was counting on civil society to serve as opposition to Duterte.

But Bello said he did not expect too much resistance from civil society, which had been hit by divisions in its ranks.

Challenge

“I think even Duterte is probably surprised at how easy has been his walk to a virtual dictatorship,” he said.

Duterte’s allies were quick to dismiss Bello’s fears of a virtual dictatorship as baseless because lawmakers would not agree to be a mere rubber stamp of the Chief Executive.

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, who declined Duterte’s offer to be his environment secretary, said the drive toward getting a supermajority in Congress, which would ensure passage of administration bills and thwart any attempt at impeachment, has become sort of a tradition in the post-Edsa Congress.

“It’s not actually new that an incoming administration will attempt to marshal as many allies or form coalitions in both houses of Congress to push its priority legislative measures. Blame it on the current multiparty system where one can just easily jump from one party to another without any sanction at all,” Zarate said in an interview with the Inquirer.

“As it was before, it is a continuing challenge for both houses of Congress to keep their independence, not being docile or a rubber stamp of the administration, or being an obstructionist,” he said.

Zarate is a member of the Makabayan bloc, which could leave its traditional role as House fiscalizers in the 17th Congress as it pondered on the offer of Alvarez to join the majority coalition.

“The Makabayan bloc, while maintaining its organizational independence, has already expressed its support to the propeople and propoor programs and agenda of the Duterte administration, as we continue to constructively engage it in other issues,” he said.

State of flux

The majority coalition in the House may include the Makabayan bloc, but no definite terms have been agreed on yet, as the “situation remains in flux,” Zarate said.

Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe, interim head of the party-list bloc, said that while his group might be part of the majority, it did not mean members would follow Duterte all the time.

“I don’t think it will happen since there will be issues that may require a conscience vote rather than toeing party lines. In the past, there were legislators who crossed party lines and supported or opposed measures based on their conscience or sentiments and needs of their constituents,” Batocabe told the Inquirer.

Batocabe said strengthening the lobby system of interest groups and constituencies would enable them to be a major factor in the legislative process.

“With more aggressive lobby groups, our legislators will be compelled to vote based on the needs of their interest groups and their constituents rather than the dictates of their parties,” said Batocabe.

No rubber stamp

Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas, who is expected to be elected majority leader, disputed Bello’s view that Congress would be a rubber stamp.

“It is a deliberative body where all its acts are open to public scrutiny. If Congress agrees with the legislative plan of the President, it will pass the necessary legislation, and when it does, it should not be considered a rubber stamp. Neither should it be considered a stumbling block if it chooses to disagree by not legislating,” he said.


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