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A trail of anonymous money

Fundraisers scooped P383M
from secret donors for Binay

GERMELINA I. Taylor, Wilbert T. Lee, Danilo E. Suarez, and Teddie E. Rivera were among the 10 biggest donors of then presidential candidate Jejomar C. Binay. The four alone gave Binay P172.3 million altogether – except the money wasn’t really theirs. Taylor, Lee, Suarez, and Rivera were among 24 fundraisers who coordinated meetings, lunches, and […]

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The windfall of elections

13 bets, 4 parties raise P69-M excess donations

FRANCISCO ‘Isko Moreno’ M. Domagoso may have been unsuccessful in his quest to have a Senate seat in last May’s elections, but Christmas still came quite early for the former Manila vice mayor. Once the dust had settled following the polls, Domagoso found himself with millions of pesos in excess campaign funds. To be exact, […]

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Puzzling personal spenders

SALNs and SOCEs of some bets don’t add up

IN AN increasingly gloomy world, it may be wise to choose the positive when presented with a myriad of possibilities. So when politicians plunk down considerable amounts of their own fortunes just to run for public office, perhaps it is really because they believe they can make a difference and do a lot of good. […]

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Campaign Finance Office in drift, headless

P334M from only 13 donors
funded Duterte’s presidency

THE IMAGE Rodrigo R. Duterte projected of his 2016 presidential campaign was that it was one run on a shoestring budget. It supposedly had no donors with vested interests, and that included big businessmen and mining firms. But the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) he filed with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) after he […]

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Campaign finance and the 2016 elections

Donors, Inc.: Only 830 Filipinos
bankrolled poll bid of 5 prez bets

IN 2010, PCIJ reported that only 308 donors contributed in the presidential race that Benigno Aquino III won. In the last presidential elections, where Rodrigo R. Duterte emerged as victor, that number has shot up to 830. Then again, there were nearly 56 million registered voters when the May 2016 elections took place, which makes […]

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