2016 Elections

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 won […]

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 Detective […]

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 recurring […]

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, four of […]

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. […]

Wealth Check: MIRIAM DEFENSOR SANTIAGO, People’s Reform Party

MIRIAM DEFENSOR-SANTIAGO’s first SALN on record with PCIJ was filed for the year 1994. In it she declared a net worth of P48 million.Nearly two decades later, in 2014, she enrolled a net worth of P73.03 million, or nearly twice more than when she started. It consisted of a pithy P2.9 million in real properties, […]

Wealth Check: RODRIGO DUTERTE, PDP-Laban

IN HIS latest SALN for the year 2015, presidential frontrunner and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte declared a net worth for 2015 of only P23,514,569.93, or a slight P1.54-million increase in his declared net worth in 2014.Duterte’s cash on hand/in bank, according to his latest SALN, was just P14,839,69.93, as of Dec. 31, 2015.The […]

Wealth Check: GRACE POE, Galing at Puso

ACCORDING to the few SALNs she had filed in her short stint in public office – as chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) in 2010-2012, and as senator since 2013 – Grace Poe’s wealth story is one of unexplained progressively declining riches.She started off with a net worth of P152.53 […]

Wealth Check: MAR ROXAS, Liberal Party

MANUEL ‘MAR’ ROXAS II, scion of the old-rich Araneta and Roxas clans, is the wealthiest of the four candidates for president, according to the 14 annual SALN filings he had submitted. A latecomer in politics, Roxas used to work as a fund manager in New York and travelled between Manila and the United States from […]

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