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Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel argues that it is 'restrictive' and 'unrealistic' for the state to regulate even the contributions given to candidates during the campaign
(UPDATED) Mar Roxas and Bong Go are the biggest spenders and have received the highest amounts of contributions in 2019, based on Statements of Contributions and Expenditures available so far
On average, senatorial candidates each spend around P107 million for their campaigns
But election lawyer Emil Marañon III says crowdfunding initiatives aren't easily doable under the Philippines' election laws
'I cannot imagine myself having that amount,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, who has been named by the PCIJ as the top 10 ad spender so far for the 2019 polls
Former special assistant to the President Bong Go spends a whopping P422 million for his senatorial bid. The mystery? His net worth as of 2017 is only P12.85 million.
All candidates, winning or losing, must submit their statement of contributions and expenses (SOCE) to Comelec within 30 days after the elections
Digital influencers as endorsers of brands are nothing new. But what happens when a politician is the product?
Radio comes second to TV in terms of ad buys from the candidates research by PCIJ shows
Like wayward candidates many media agencies also failed to file reports with the poll body in defiance of their obligation in law
Duterte explains the additional P3 million in his SALN as of December 2016 saying this came from various donors he no longer knows
Here s a quick look at the donors who helped fund Duterte’s successful presidential bid
The Ilocos Norte governor says she only helped Duterte by mustering votes in the region not by donating money for his campaign
The Comelec cannot act unless a formal complaint has been lodged Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez tells Rappler
Referring to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos donation President Rodrigo Duterte says Si Imee pa ang nagbigay Sabi niya inutang daw niya
The petitioners failed to submit a copy of the Comelec resolution extending the deadline for filing Statements of Contributions and Expenditures SOCEs the SC says
UPDATED Executive Director Jose Tolentino Jr is named officer in charge of the Comelec s Campaign Finance Office
UPDATED Commissioner Christian Robert Lim also expressed frustration over the Comelec en banc s decision given his office s efforts to implement campaign finance rules
UPDATED The rule of law should favor law abiders not law breakers like LP says Leon Peralta of a newly formed Duterte inspired group
Commissioner Christian Robert Lim cites as reason the poll body s extension of the deadline for filing political parties campaign spending reports He remains a commissioner
Adding a layer of qualification to the minimum set by the Constitution for elective offices – like the filing of SOCE before the winning candidates can assume office – is unconstitutional
UPDATED Spokesperson James Jimenez says the decision benefits not only the LP which requested the extension but also others that have yet to file their SOCE
Granting the Liberal Party s request for a deadline extension would be unfair to other candidates and parties that complied with the prescribed period
3rd UPDATE Liberal Party s Mar Roxas requests the Comelec for a 14 day extension in filing his statement of contributions and expenses
For national candidates media organizations are urged to report all paid promotions made from November 9 2015 to May 7 2016
Binay s ad spending during the first 50 days of his 2016 presidential campaign is already bigger than his overall spending for his 90 day vice presidential campaign in 2010
Will candidates stick to the rules on campaign spending? And more importantly will the Comelec implement its rules?
Report cases of vote buying vote selling election related violence campaign violations and other forms of election problems and offenses using the PHVoteWatch map
Is the Comelec doing enough to stop corporations from making campaign donations?
Philippine laws prohibit corporations from making campaign donations However the practice continues with both corporation and candidate having little or no fear of consequences
Vice President Jejomar Binay says he will abide by the ad spending limits imposed by the Commission on Elections during the campaign period
Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is the sole presidential bet who did not spend hundreds of millions of pesos on pre campaign ads
UPDATED Manny Pacquiao had filed his candidacy for senator before he contractually agreed to his match with Bradley It is difficult to ascribe good faith on his part when he scheduled the match within the campaign period
Reforms to thwart money politics are badly needed – from transparency in disclosures to enforcement of laws
A much swifter and simpler way of pursuing cases of overspending and accepting prohibited donation against candidates is through a petition for disqualification
Let s look back at how some of the 2016 senatorial bets funded their campaigns in previous elections
The Comelec starts monitoring candidates expenses as the campaign season officially begins on February 9
We review the past campaign spending of political parties with presidential bets in 2016 Will parties once again spend millions hoping for a return on investment?
Eric Alvia of Namfrel says that to set a level playing field among all candidates we should look at state funding admittedly a difficult push
There are 365 campaign overspending cases in the ARMM from the 2010 and 2013 elections the highest among all regions
As the campaign period nears we review campaign spending by candidates running for president in 2016 The bulk of their expenses goes to media ads
In 2010 Binay spent over P201 million on media ads during the campaign period How much can candidates actually spend?
Prominent names who failed to report campaign expenses include ex ARMM governor Nur Misuari ex Caloocan City mayor Macario Asistio Jr and ex Quezon City congressman Ismael ‘Chuck’ Mathay III
The Anti Money Laundering Council will monitor and ensure that proceeds from unlawful activities are not converted into campaign contributions and expenditures
In lieu of political reforms perhaps the only hope remains in the academe Church and media to try to bring discernment back into our choice of leaders
The poll body is set to collect around P52 3 million in fines from 2013 candidates who failed to report their campaign expenses
The bank accounts of Limlingan and Baloloy enjoy massive infusion of funds from December 2009 to June 2010 Were these excess funds from donations and contributions?
Ejercito s lawyer says the Supreme Court ruling expanded the limitations on campaign contributions It factors the expenses incurred by supporters without the candidate s knowledge
The Senate advances Democratic efforts to amend the US Constitution by limiting the financial influence of corporations and billionaires on elections but the bid appears doomed to fail
The disqualified governor fails to secure a temporary restraining order TRO or a status quo ante order SQAO that would have stopped his ouster