Imee Marcos says no personal money spent in Senate bid

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 14 2019 07:01 PM

Imee Marcos says no personal money spent in Senate bid 1
Senator elect Imee Marcos pose for photos with her family during the Comelec's proclamation at the PICC forum on May 22, 2019. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Senator-elect Imee Marcos relied on donations to fund her bid in the 2019 midterm polls, her Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) showed.

According to her SOCE, Marcos spent a total of P132,146,754.55 out of P137,560,000 cash contribution she received.

Her mother, former first lady and outgoing Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos had ranked as the third richest lawmaker in 2018.

Their family drew criticism during the martial rule of patriarch Ferdinand Marcos Sr. for living a lavish lifestyle while many Filipinos languished in poverty.

The Marcos family's ill-gotten wealth “is estimated between US$5 billion to US$10 billion, the bulk of it being deposited and hidden abroad,” according to the Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG).

Meantime, Liberal Party stalwart Mar Roxas spent a total of P179,193,153.04 for his unsuccessful Senate bid, made up of expenditures worth P167,050,000 in cash contributions from other sources and P12,143,153.04 in personal funds and resources.

Senator Cynthia Villar declared not receiving any cash or in-kind contributions from other sources or her political party and that she used only her personal funds or resources worth P135,529,061.09 for her campaign.
Out of the P156,450,000 in cash contributions received by Senator Grace Poe, she declared spending P156,433,463.80.
Senator-elect Bong Go declared receiving P155,038,000 in cash contributions, P6,997,537.34 in in-kind contributions from other sources and none from his party. Go declared spending P415,500 from his personal funds, P154,005,261.97 in cash contributions, and P6,997,537.34 in in-kind contribution.
Senator-elect Bong Revilla declared receiving P14,200,000 in cash contributions, P5,524,884.50 in in-kind contributions from other sources, and P2,861,120 in cash contributions and P92,989,230.71 in in-kind contributions from his political party LAKAS CMD. Revilla declared spending P6,377,123.72 from his personal funds and resources, P17,061,120 from cash contributions and P98,514,115.21 in in-kind contributions.
Sen. Sonny Angara declared spending only P314,113.43 from his personal funds and resources. The bulk of his expenses worth P153,341,072.41 were in-kind contributions coming from his political party, Lakas ng Demokratikong Pilipino.
Dr. Willie Ong, who vowed not to solicit or receive campaign funds from donors, declared spending P581,283.21 from his own pocket and P662,764.29 in in-kind contributions for a total of expenditures worth P1,244,047.50. Ong did not receive any cash or in-kind contributions from his political party.

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.

Winning Senate and party-list groups who belatedly filed their SOCEs will be fined with P10,000.

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 financing 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.