Liberal Party's biggest contributors: Mar and family

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 19 2013 04:17 PM | Updated as of Jun 21 2013 05:52 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) - Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and his family were the biggest contributors of the Liberal Party in the last elections.

Roxas, who is on leave as the administration party president, gave P5.7 million. His mother Judy Araneta Roxas gave P20 milion; uncle Jorge Araneta gave P25 million; aunt Maria A. Fores gave P10 million; and cousin Jorge Fores gave P4 million.

Private individuals Cecilia Viray, Alexander Tan and Anthony Whang gave P5 million each.

In total, the administration party got some P183 million in campaign contributions.

The administration ally, Akbayan party-list, meantime listed only some P1.5 million in campaign contributions.

These were mostly internally generated.

This is a far cry from the P80 million it received in the 2010 elections, when it got significant amounts from the sisters of President Benigno Aquino III.


The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), meanwhile, got less than half of the campaign donations of the LP at just P72.75 million.

Plastics tycoon William Gatchalian contributed P21 million, Juan Tan Ng gave P10 million, and Danilo Roleda gave P5 million.

Individually, contributions for individual candidates came from their families or relatives.

Senator-elect Sonny Angara received P40 million in campaign contributions from his father, outgoing Senator Edgardo Angara.

The amount is about one-third of the total campaign contributions declared by the younger Angara before the Commission on Elections, which totals P113,328,397.20.

Sea and Sierra Vista, a company based in Angara's province of Aurora gave the next biggest donation at P11 million.


Senator-elect JV Ejercito received some P20 million from his mother, San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez, while some P43.6 million came from the JV Para sa Bayan Movement.

His other big donors were private businessmen: Inigo Zobel who gave 15 million, and Jose Ranola who gave P20 million. Total contributions to Ejercito stood at P135,931,740.75

Senator-elect Bam Aquino, on the other hand, got P20.2 million from his father Paul and Uncle Butz.

Total contributions to Aquino stood at P125,493,000.00.

The other big donors are private individuals Doming Leen with P6 million and Consuelo Gomez Reyes with P10 million.


Senator-elect Grace Poe also got a windfall from mother Susan Roces, listed as Jesusa S. Poe in the list of contributors. She got at least P19 million from her actress-mother.

Family-owned media company, FPJ Productions, donated P5.5 million.

Grace's husband, Ted Llamanzares, contributed P4 million.

Private individuals Michael Escaler, Thomas Tan and Edwin Luyz gave P10 million each. Total campaign contributions to Poe as declared stood at P123,605,341.27.


Reelected Senator Francis Escudero, meanwhile, listed among his contributors Frabelle Foods Corporation, whose products he endorsed on bus advertisements prior to the campaign.

Frabelle was listed to have given him P10 million, an amount matched by one Reynaldo Manalansan.

Escudero's total campaign donations stood at P101,470,000.00


Reelected Senator Loren Legarda listed some P10 million in donations from Nationalist People’s Coalition stalwart Frisco San Juan.

The other top Legarda donors are: Jalco Group of companies (P10 million) and Leonardo Flores (P8 million). Total donations to Legarda stood at P61,940,774.

Reelected Senator Koko Pimentel listed private corporations as among his top donors. Monheim Distributors gave him P5.5 million while PAC ATLANTIC gave P5 million.

Reelected Senator Antonio Trillanes listed his top donors as Dionisio Marcos (P3 million) and Henry Trillanes (P3 million).


Cynthia Villar listed one Alex Syfu as her lone donor, giving P2,063,454.41.

Gringo Honasan also listed private individuals as top donors: Rosita Cruz gave P3 million, while Raul Cruz gave P3 million.

Nancy Binay's top donors are also private individuals. Emmanuel Arroyo Atienza was listed to have given P5 million, while Laura dela Cruz Lunod was listed to have given P5 million as well.

The recipient of the biggest amount of campaign contributions among all the senatorial candidates, defeated Senatorial bet Jack Enrile, reported to have sourced his funding from companies with links to the family-owned JAKA Corporation.