Top campaign spender? Alejano says he spent less than PCIJ estimate


Posted at Mar 19 2019 10:23 AM | Updated as of Mar 19 2019 10:52 AM

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Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano denied Tuesday a media estimate that he spent P76 million for ads in his Senate bid. 

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism last month said Alejano, an opposition bet, was the 10th biggest spender for TV ads among candidates for senator during a 13-month period ending January 2019. 

"I don't agree with that. I would've wanted that fund to be placed on ads. Wala nga kayong nakitang (you haven't seen) ads personally sa akin (from me)," Alejano told ANC. 

He said he has "never" placed a TV ad and only released "very few" radio ads, adding that he has spent only P1.5 million to P2 million for his campaign so far. 

Part of his funds, he said, was donated by volunteers and OFWs. 

"Air warfare" or broadcast ads, he added, are "very expensive" so he focuses on wooing voters in person. 

The soldier-turned-lawmaker, however, admitted that his low awareness among voters is "a challenge." 

Alejano ranked 26th to 37th among likely winners in May's Senate race, with a 29 percent awareness among voters, according to a Pulse Asia survey released Monday. 

ANC, 19 March 2019