2016 Elections

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

PNP stats, May 10-July 10, 2016

In 9 wks, drug war tally: 192 killed,
8,110 arrested, 35K ‘surrendered’

THE WAR on drugs in the last nine weeks — or even before Rodrigo R. Duterte took his oath as president a fortnight ago on June 30 — has yielded ever bigger numbers of casualties, arrests, and “surrenderees,” and a volume of cases filed in court. This is according to the Directorate for Investigation and […]

In last 8 elections, 68 families
victors in 6 vote-rich provinces

LOCAL POLITICAL families, not political parties, are important to national politicians as they mobilize electoral support, says political scientist Julio C. Teehankee. National officials, he explains, typically have strong provincial base. They draw on support from well-entrenched networks of local political families, who often change party affiliations to secure state resources and patronage. Of 68 […]

PCIJ'S WEALTH CHECK REPORTS

SALN files of 5 wannabe presidents
writ in opaque, loose, curious parts

THEY ARE MULTIMILLIONAIRES, affluent and ambitious to the last. On Monday, May 9, Filipinos will get to pick one among them to be president, and another to be vice president, of the nation. The candidates themselves have tried to make it easier for voters to choose. Months ahead of the official campaign period, for instance, […]

Wealth Check: JEJOMAR BINAY, United Nationalist Alliance

JEJOMAR ‘JOJO’ BINAY marked his Year 1 in public office as OIC (officer-in-charge) mayor of the country’s premier financial district, Makati City, in 1989 with a net worth of only P2.9 million. Twenty-five years hence in 2014, this grew to P60.2 million, but also a cumulative 20 times more from his first year in office. […]

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