MANILA - The camp of Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito is now denying that he exceeded the spending cap during the May 2013 elections.
Ejercito's lawyer, George Garcia, said the governor spent only P4.1 million for his campaign, which is below the P4.5 million that he was allowed to spend.
The Commission on Elections earlier said Ejercito spent at least P6 million on TV ads for just one station in the past election. A PCIJ report said Ejercito spent more than P23 million in campaign ads.
The governor is currently appearling the Comelec First Division's decision to unseat him for overspending in the May elections. His lawyer said the First Division has not authority to disqualify Ejercito and that the case should have been taken up by the Comelec en banc or the law department.
The Ejercito camp said the original petition filed by Edgar San Luis was for an election offense and not for disqualification.
ANC October 2, 2013