Mar Roxas spent P179-M in failed Senate bid


Posted at Jun 13 2019 07:10 PM

MANILA – Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas spent P179.19 million in his failed bid to return to the Senate, his statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) shows.

Roxas, who placed 16th in the Senate race, received P167.05 million in cash contributions and shelled out P12.14 million.

He is one 26 senatorial bets who filed their respective SOCEs on Thursday, the last day of filing at the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Seventy-seven party-list groups and national political parties also filed their SOCEs as of 5 p.m. Deadline of filing today is at 8 p.m.

Roxas’ campaign expenses dwarf the spending of his fellow senatorial bets from losing opposition slate Otso Diretso.

Otso Diretso bets Florin Hilbay spent P2.97 million; Romulo Macalintal, P8.54 million; Lorenzo 'Erin' Tañada, P21.29 million; and Jose Manuel 'Chel' Diokno, P26.33 million.

Journalist Jiggy Manicad, who placed 20th, spent P12.33 million, from contributions and his pocket.

Meanwhile, Maguindanao Rep. Zajid “Dong” Mangudadatu, the only PDP-Laban senatorial bet who lost in the election, spent P109.5 million of his personal funds to fuel his campaign. He received P21.32 million in in-kind contributions but did not use them.

Winning candidates can still file their SOCEs within 6 months from their proclamation but they cannot assume office until they submit the documents, the Comelec said.

A fine of P10,000 will be imposed on winning Senate and party-list groups who will belatedly file their SOCEs.

Filing a SOCE is required even if a candidate lost, the campaign was self-funded, no expenditures were incurred, the candidate did not pursue or continue the campaign, or the candidate withdrew his candidacy after the start campaign period.

The Comelec Finance Office can file cases against candidates who commit campaign finance violations, including receiving campaign contributions from prohibited sources such as government employees, military and other uniformed personnel, entities with contracts with the government, as well as foreigners and foreign corporations.

-    Report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News