UNA bets’ contributors mostly relatives, family friends

Michael Bueza
Family friends who contributed to the individual campaigns of United Nationalist Alliance senatorial bets are mostly businessmen operating in the provinces

MANILA, Philippines – The nine senatorial candidates of opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) received a combined P537,944,597.25 in campaign contribution for the 2013 midterm elections.

Rappler went through the list of contributors of each candidate under the UNA slate, as stated in their respective Schedules of Contributions Received (SCRs) that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) made available to Rappler.

SCRs are the detailed lists of contributors, amounts of contributions, and dates when the contributions were made – as opposed to the Statements of Contributions and Expenditures which reflect only totals of contributions from political parties, other sources, and the candidates’ own money.

Click on the surnames below to jump to that candidate’s notable contributors.

Binay | Cojuangco | Ejercito | Enrile | Gordon | Honasan | Maceda | Magsaysay | Zubiri

Ma. Lourdes Nancy Binay

Total Contributions Received: P136,869,398.78

Nancy Binay received a total of 1,228 contributions from February 8 to March 25, ranging from P500 to P5 million.

Her biggest donation came from Santiago Cua, chairman emeritus of the Philippine Racing Commission (PRC), who gave P2.5 million on March 14 and P4.5 million on March 25.

Laura dela Cruz Lunod, general manager of Medlink Marketing, gave P5 million to Binay’s campaign on February 18. She gave another P1 million on March 15, but going by the name Ma. Laura dela Cruz Lunod and with a slightly different tax identification number (TIN).

The address in Lunod’s first donation was in K-Ville Townhomes, Sanville Subdivision in Quezon City, but the address in her second donation was in 77 Visayas Avenue Building, which is near the first address.

Two more individuals gave P5 million each: Emmanuel Arroyo Atienza from Quezon City, and Edison B. Marzan, president and CEO of Marzan Pharma Corporation.

Other notable contributors include:

  • Amadeo Martin Gonzales from Quezon City – P2.5 million
  • John Philip Lesaca, musician and head of Intellectual Property Coalition – P2.5 million
  • Nenita Licaros, former Makati City councilor – P400,000
  • Victor Limlingan, managing director of DMCI Holdings, Inc. – P1 million
  • Roberto L. Nazal – P2.5 million
  • Mario A. Oreta, president of Alphaland Corporation – P2 million
  • Danilo Roleda, owner of B. Vicencio Construction and former Manila councilor – P2 million

Margarita Cojuangco

Total Contributions Received: P5,022,000.00

Tingting Cojuangco, aunt of President Benigno Aquino III, only had one contributor: Jose Go Rañola, the president of Legazpi Premium Development Corporation in Albay province.

Joseph Victor Ejercito

Total Contributions Received: P135,931,740.75

Incoming Sen. JV Ejercito’s biggest donor was the JV Para sa Bayan Movement Inc, which gave a total of P43,686,740.75 in cash.

His mother, re-elected San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez, gave a total of P20 million. Jose Go Rañola also gave P20 million to Ejercito’s campaign.

Iñigo Zobel, a director in San Miguel Corporation, gave P15 million. Michael Romero, chairman and CEO of Globalport 900 Inc gave P7 million.

OKS Pinoy Inc, an authorized reseller of Smart Communications, contributed a total of P5 million. Its CEO, John Joseph Gabriel Puzon, donated P250,000.

Lawyer Lorna Kapunan contributed P200,000. Another lawyer, Irene Joy Garcia, gave P100,000. The Kapunan Garcia & Castillo Law Office, where the two lawyers are partners, gave P500,000.

Other notable contributors include:

  • Rafael Angeles, from Angeles City, Pampanga – P1 million
  • Rafael Dizon III of Magnificat Ventures, Inc. – P500,000
  • Bernard Faustino Dy, mayor of Cauayan City, Isabela – P2 million
  • Avelaine Nepomuceno, former President of JCI Angeles City – P1 million
  • Cecilio K. Pedro, president of Lamoiyan Corp. – P250,000
  • Greatwall Commercial Press Co. Inc. – P5 million
  • Jowood Industries – P1 million

Juan Ponce Enrile Jr.

Total Contributions Received: P150,797,910.18 (the largest among UNA candidates)

Most of the contributions to outgoing Cagayan 1st District Rep Jack Enrile’s campaign came from family-owned companies under the JAKA Group of Companies.

Pacific Royal Basic Foods Inc (PRBFI), a producer of coconut products, donated a combined P135,957,784.26 in kind for promotions, P5,503,670.25 for promotional materials, and P795,147.66 for sample ballots.

JAKA Investments Corp allowed Enrile to use its office spaces, with rent amounting to a total of P259,308.

Three top officials contributed separately to Enrile, each with P500,000: John Cuatico, general manager of PRBFI; Ma. Cristina Lazaro, senior executive assistant to the vice chairman of JAKA Investments Corp; and, Antonio J. Lim, president of JAKA Securities Corporation (JSC).

Fifty other individuals using the address of JAKA companies contributed a total of P660,000.

A total of 145 individuals with “San Jose del Monte, Bulacan” as their address in the Schedule of Contributions Received gave a combined P1.45 million.

Also, 43 individuals from Tayabas City and Candelaria, Sariaya, and Tiaong towns in Quezon province donated a total of P375,000. According to the official website of JAKA Group of Companies, PRBFI started in Candelaria, Quezon, in 1984.

Other contributors include:

  • Eric Acolola, chief of staff of Rep. Enrile in the House of Representatives – P300,000
  • Carlos Renato P. Javier, Ateneo de Manila University alumnus – P1 million
  • Francisco B. Reyes of Las Piñas City – P500,000
  • Gene Paul L. Villanueva of Parañaque City – P500,000

Richard Gordon

Total Contributions Received: P4,794,200.00

Former Sen. Dick Gordon’s camp received contributions from only 4 individuals and 2 organizations, with all donating in kind.

The largest contribution came from George Lorenzana, owner of White Rock Beach Hotel in Subic, Zambales, who, via an ex-deal, sustained Gordon’s radio advertisements worth P3,234,150.

Gregorio Honasan

Total Contributions Received: P23,107,141.04

Re-elected Sen. Gringo Honasan got P3 million each from Rosita T. Cruz of Quezon City and Raul S. Cruz of Parañaque City.

Salvador Llesis of Harcodeco Construction & Development Corp in Taguig City contributed P2 million.

Alicia Yael Honasan donated P300,000, while Leah F. Honasan gave P50,000.

Ernesto Maceda

Total Contributions Received: P6,200,000.00

“Manong” Maceda only had 6 contributors. Nilo Raymundo, co-founder of the Fraternal Order of Eagles or Agilang Pilipino, donated P3 million to former Sen. Maceda’s campaign kitty.

Three lawyers gave P1 million each: Manuel Calanog Jr, Howard Calleja, and Dalmacio Lim Jr.

His son, former Manila councilor Ernesto Maceda Jr, contributed P200,000.

Ma. Milagros Magsaysay

Total Contributions Received: P11,822,206.50

Outgoing Zambales 1st District Rep Mitos Magsaysay’s camp received contributions from just 3 individuals – all of whom paid for her advertisements.

The largest contribution came from Dominic Maranan, who paid for advertising airtime worth P6,700,682.32

Her other donors were Eduardo Alino, who paid P4,218,594.84 worth of airtime, and Jose Araullo, who paid P902,929.34 worth of airtime.

Juan Miguel Zubiri

Total Contributions Received: P63,400,000.00

Among the 11 donations that former Sen. Migz Zubiri received, the biggest came from Palawan governor-elect Jose Chavez Alvarez, who gave P20 million.

His wife, Audrey Kay Zubiri, contributed P13 million, while his grandmother, Rosita Ocampo-Fernandez, gave P10 million.

Former Davao del Norte Rep Antonio Floirendo donated P5 million to Zubiri’s campaign. – Rappler.com

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Michael Bueza

Michael is a data curator under Rappler's Tech Team. He works on data about elections, governance, and the budget. He also follows the Philippine pro wrestling scene and the WWE. Michael is also part of the Laffler Talk podcast trio.