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Candidates’ ads on Facebook have so far remained small relative to their total ad spending. The popular social media platform’s ad monitoring tool does not include payments to influencers tapped to endorse candidates, however. 

It underscores the difficulty of monitoring campaign spending on the internet, which campaign finance reform advocates said would become a big challenge in the 2022 elections. 

Alan Peter Cayetano, who initially aspired for the presidency, was the top ad spender from January to September 2021. But this was overshadowed by the combined ads of Senate aspirant Mark Villar and members of his family.

Tomas Moron has lived in a makeshift home on the grounds of the Cebu International Convention Center for five years. He and his neighbors want the Mandaue city government to honor an agreement to donate to them the lots they occupied before a fire ravaged their homes in 2016.