Sara Duterte spent 216 million pesos on her campaign

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MANILA, Philippines — Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio has filed her Statement of Contributions and Expenses (SOCE) with the Electoral Commission (Comelec), saying she has spent more than 216 million pesos on her campaign.

A copy of Duterte-Carpio’s SOCE yesterday showed she had spent 216,190,935.06 pesos during the campaign period for the May 9 election, which also appeared to be the total contributions she had received from her political party, Lakas-Christian Muslims Democrats, and “other sources.”

Filed a day before the June 8 deadline, Duterte-Carpio’s SOCE showed it had received P136,609,244.91 “in-kind contributions” from Lakas-CMD and P79,581,690.15 from other sources. . Her SOCE showed that she hadn’t spent a dime of her own money.

The outgoing mayor of Davao City joined Lakas last November after filing for a national post, while retaining the chairmanship of the regional Hugpong ng Pagbabago after a brief resignation. She co-chairs Lakas with Senator Ramon Revilla Jr.

A losing presidential bet, Senator Manny Pacquiao also filed his SOCE, which showed that he spent a total of 119,128,914.14 pesos, of which 62,677,926.12 pesos came from his own pocket, 7,750,000 pesos in contributions and 48,700,988.02 pesos in “contributions in kind”. ”

Pacquiao also said he received a total of 56,450,988.02 pesos, which covers 7,750,000.00 pesos of “cash contributions received from other sources” and 48,700,988.02 pesos of “in-kind contributions received from ‘other sources’.

Senator Leila de Lima, who lost in the senatorial race, also filed her SOCE where she said she spent 7,402,609.01 pesos and received contributions totaling 7,405,000 pesos.

Comelec’s Campaign Finance Office (CFO) has so far received SOCEs from presidential bets Pacquiao, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Jose Montemayor, Vice President Leni Robredo, President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and the Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.

For Vice President, Comelec received Duterte-Carpio’s SOCE, Senators Francis Pangilinan and Vicente Sotto III, Dr. Willie Ong, Representative Lito Atienza and former lawmaker Walden Bello, while elected senators who filed their SOCE were Loren Legarda, Win Gatchalian, Chiz Escudero, Mark Villar, Alan Peter Cayetano, Jinggoy Estrada and Robin Padilla.

The CFO of Comelec also received the respective SOCEs of several party groups.

Comelec told reporters in a Viber message that yesterday’s deadline “is final and non-extendable, except for winning candidates and party groups,” as set out in Comelec Resolution No. 10505 which governs funding and campaign disclosure.

“Winning candidates who do not submit a file to SOCE are not allowed to take office. The position of an elected candidate who has not filed his SOCE is deemed vacant until he has complied and filed his SOCE within six months of proclamation,” Comelec said. .

After that time, a permanent vacancy occurs, he added.

Under the omnibus electoral code, a presidential or vice-presidential candidate was allowed to spend up to 10 pesos per voter, a total of 675 million pesos based on approximately 67.5 million voters registered for the elections of May 9, 2022.

A political party, meanwhile, was allowed to spend up to P5 per voter, or a total of P337 million based on the number of registered voters for the May 9 election.

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