Jejomar Binay says he spent almost P218-M for own campaign
MANILA, Philippines - Big businesses and businessmen are among the contributors to former President Joseph Estrada’s 2010 campaign kitty, his Statement of Election Expenditures and Contributions submitted to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) shows.
According to his poll expenses report, Estrada spent a total of P227,500,000 for his campaign. The former president, who came in second to Benigno Aquino III in the May 10 presidential race, said he used P8 million of his personal funds for his campaign.
Some of the contributors listed in his report to Comelec are pharmaceutical company Unilab, mall giant SM, and real estate firm Ortigas Co. Ltd.
Among the big names are tycoons Manny Pangilinan of PLDT and Meralco (P15 million), “plastics king” William Gatchalian (P10 million), Ricky Razon of the International Container Terminal Services (P15 million), and Jack Ng of Rebisco (P10 million).
Other donors to his campaign kitty were Willy Reyes, Victor Cheng, Jaime Dy, Eric Lim, Marcos Chua, Francisco Chua, Luciano Cuevas, Eric King, Victor Arellano, Antonio Evangelista, Jorge Antonio, Henry Tan, Eric Tagle, Jose Yap, and Andrew Tan, all contributing millions.
The highest contributor is Estrada’s own family, which gave P20 million.
Estrada, in his statement of expenditures, reported that he spent P112.5 million for radio and TV advertisements, P41.3 million for travel, P27.8 million for the salaries of campaign personnel, P49.5 for printing and distribution of printed materials, and P4.5 million for telephone and delivery charges.
Binay: No personal funds
Meanwhile, Estrada’s running mate, Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay, reported to Comelec that he spent P217,938,289.
According to his report, all his funds amounting to P231,480,000 came from hundreds of individual donors. Nothing came from his personal funds.
Among the donations he received, the highest was P10 million by a certain Darlene Webb Zshornack from San Juan City.
In his report, Binay indicated he still has P13,541,711 left in his campaign funds. The Comelec earlier said candidates may keep their unused funds, as in the case of President-elect Benigno Aquino III who reported he has P37 million left in his campaign kitty.
The Fair Elections Act states that presidential and vice presidential candidates may only spend P10 per voter for the campaign, or about P507 million this year with some 50.7 million registered voters.
So far, no candidate has been found overspending based on the expenses reports submitted.
Comelec, however, has admitted it has no way to check if the expenses declared in the reports are accurate.