Kris Aquino is Leni's top campaign donor


Posted at Jun 09 2016 06:56 PM

MANILA - With over P30.8 million in cash donations, TV-host Kris Aquino made the biggest contribution to the campaign of Vice President-elect Leni Robredo.

Robredo's Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) submitted to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday shows she received a total of P423,163,737.34 in contributions, both in cash and in kind.

Of this amount, she spent a total of P418,664,130.60 for her campaign.

READ: Robredo got P423M for VP campaign, spent P418M

Her Schedule of Contributions Received showed that Aquino, who called the vice-presidential race a "personal" fight, contributed the most to the Camarines Sur congresswoman's campaign.

Robredo narrowly defeated Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr., son and namesake of the late dictator. The Aquino family was persecuted during the Marcos regime. The late Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino Jr. was a political detainee; he was assassinated in 1983 as he came home from exile in the US. 

Aquino, outgoing President Benigno Aquino III's youngest sister, donated a total of P30,830,222.42. 

The TV host-actress, whose real name is Kristina Bernadette Cojuangco Aquino, donated the money in four tranches: P10 million in February, P830,222.42 in March, and two P10 million in May.

Another Aquino sister, Victoria "Viel" Aquino Dee, also contributed P1 million.

Kris Aquino earlier said that she considered the vice presidential fight personal, adding that it was for the memory of her mother, the late President Corazon Aquino.

"Yes, for me this fight was personal. IT WAS FOR MY MOM's MEMORY. Kaya binigay ko ang lahat for VP Leni. Ganoon ako pinalaki, nakikipaglaban ng buo ang puso! Thank you God for answered prayers! CONGRATULATIONS to my VP, my inspiration!" she said after Robredo's victory. 

READ: Kris Aquino congratulates Leni, calls VP fight 'personal'

Robredo's party, the Liberal Party (LP), also contributed a huge amount to her campaign, P16,865,148.32 worth of political advertisements.

Also notable among Robredo's top contributors was Kaya Natin! Movement lead convenor Harvey Sy Keh, who donated P5 million.

Three Sy Cosetengs also donated large chunks of money: Edwin Sy Coseteng, P5.5 million; Regina Sy Coseteng, P4 million; and Marise Carmelia Sy Coseteng, P2 million.

Other individuals who made huge contributions to Robredo's campaign were:

  • Eduardo Borromeo Cu-Unjieng, P10 million;
  • Peter Dionesia Garrucho Jr., P10 million;
  • Jose Fernando Baltasar Buenaventura, P10 million; 
  • Wellington So Lim, P10 million;
  • Cesar Augusto Buenaventura, P10 million (two P5 million);
  • Ruben Manuzon Valerio, P10 million (two P5 million);
  • Edgardo Reynato Veron Cruz, P5 million;
  • Dionisio Romero Gil, P5 million;
  • Patricia Echauz Chilip, P5 million;
  • Miriam Olaguivel Katigbak, P5 million;
  • Edward Steven So Lim, P5 million;
  • Jesus Jaucian Hernandez, P5 million;
  • Benjamin Han Tek Cua, P5 million; and
  • J. Richard Santos Soriano.