2016 Elections

Media agents snared P360M in commission

Some 50 TV, radio, print outfits
did not submit all pol ads docs?

SOME CANDIDATES may have willfully mocked their lawful duty to file election-spending reports with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) but they are not the only ones who did so. Like these wayward candidates, many media agencies also failed to file reports with the poll body, in defiance of their obligation in law.This is even though […]

Campaign finance in May 2016

Bask in name recall, spend a mite:
Or how Duterte’s kids win elections

CANDIDATES IN Philippine elections usually complain about what many of them say are outdated, low campaign-spending caps. But the Dutertes of Davao City apparently have no problem with spending limits – at least when they’re running in their family’s political turf.As a mayoralty candidate of Davao City in the 2016 elections, Sara Duterte-Carpio spent only […]

Campaign finance in May 2016

Pasay City bets for mayor deflate,
omit key election expense items

ONE OF them was determined to keep his post while the other two wanted to wrest from him the title of Mayor of Pasay City, one of the smallest cities in Metro Manila but which is nevertheless classified as first-class in terms of income. Yet Jose Antonio F. Roxas, Jorge C. del Rosario, and Antonino […]

Campaign finance in May 2016

Iloilo City bets for mayor fail
to report full bill for radio ads

IN THEIR bid to be Iloilo City’s chief executive from 2016 to 2019, then incumbent Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog (Liberal Party) and Dr. Marigold Gonzalez (Independent, but with support from the United Nationalist Alliance) staged a costly advertising war that later ran into a total of more than P1 million for radio spots alone. Yet […]

Slow, steady progress on campaign finance

Only 54 overspenders of 44,600 bets in May 2016

ONE WOULD think that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should be happy that the number of candidates who went over the prescribed campaign spending limits in last year’s elections plunged drastically from the 2013 figure. But that doesn’t seem to be the case, with the poll body’s Campaign Finance Office (CFO), saying it is still […]

Independents, Liberal Party bets top list

3,937 candidates in May 2016
did not file poll expense reports

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte is already on his second year as the country’s chief executive, but the polls that clinched him that post continue to bedevil the Commission on Elections (Comelec) – and with reason. Indeed, despite giving the candidates in the May 2016 elections a controversial three-week extension to submit their respective election-spending reports, […]

Did you donate to a candidate?
Did your candidate report it?

ALL THE CANDIDATES and political parties in the May 2016 elections received sundry donations from an amorphous mass of donors. All, too, are required to report these to the Commission on Elections’s Campaign Finance Office (CFO).Did the candidates tell the Comelec the full and true details of what they received in cash or in kind, […]

SOCE facts: Candidates for prez,
vice prez, senator in May 2016

THE CANDIDATES for president, vice president, and senator, and their political parties who ran in the May 2016 elections received sums of donations but also incurred sums of expenses.Based on the information enrolled in the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) that they submitted to the Campaign Finance Office of the Commission on Elections, PCIJ […]

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, there […]

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.To […]

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