Former Cagayan Rep. Juan Ponce “Jack” Enrile has spent the most amount of money in the Senatorial elections.
Based on its partial official list released on Friday afternoon, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Enrile spent a total of P150,401,072.09 during the senatorial campaign.
This means Enrile, who lost in the senatorial race, spent P2.89 per registered voter in the last elections.
Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. said a candidate can only spend as much as P156 million or P3 per voter to run a campaign. Otherwise it will constitute over-spending, which is an election offense.
In his Statement of Contribution and Expenditure (SOCE), Enrile said he did not shell out any of personal money to fund for his campaign.
He declared all the campaign expenditures he incurred was paid for by the P150,797,910.18 contributions he got from his family, friends, or supporters.
Enrile’s SOCE also showed that he even saved P396,838 from the contributions, which he was not able to use in the three-month campaign period.
The Comelec also revealed that Senator-elect Nancy Binay received campaign contributions amounting to almost P137 million, which is more than her almost P129 million campaign expenses.
Brillantes noted it’s totally up to Enrile and Binay whether they would return excess from election contributions to the donors.
But the poll official reminded them to declare the spare money as part of their annual income for 2013, which should be subjected to tax before the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
“Kung hindi nila ginamit ang sobra (sa contributions), isauli nila. Kung hindi nila isasauli, income nila yun diba. Subject to tax na yun,” he added.
The Comelec has only released 15 out of the 30 SOCE submitted to Comelec to the media.
|Candidate||Contributions received||Total expenditures|
|Enrile, Juan Ponce "Jack"||150,797,910.18||150,401,072.09|
|Cayetano, Alan Peter||130,425,463.81||131,044,782.33|
|Aquino, Paolo Benigno "Bam"||125,493,000.00||124,327,987.81|
|Madrigal, Anna Consuelo "Jamby"||39,132,083.36|
|Trillanes, Antonio "Sonny"||29,580,000.00||30,135,014.77|
|Delos Reyes, John Carlos "JC"||20,000.00|