The camp of Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer, Mar Roxas this Wednesday, June 22 has finally submitted his Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE). His SOCE was accompanied with around 50 boxes of supporting documents, which revealed that the losing presidentiable spent P478 million in total campaign expenses.
Roxas’ SOCE was filed by Akbayan party-list Rep. Barry Gutierrez, who is also LP’s spokesperson during the campaign period, this Wednesday noon. A yellow truck arrived at the Comelec Commission on Elections (Comelec) building in Manila, and several men unloaded the boxes. He said Roxas spent P487,331,601.36 in his presidential campaign.
The SOCE declared Roxas spent P18,037,139.01 during the campaign from his own pocket, while P469,294,462.35 came from donors. His mother, Judy Roxas was his top donor, donating P90 million. Roxas’ uncle, Araneta Group CEO Jorge Araneta landed sa second, donating P70 million while cousin Maria Fores contributed P60 million.
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As we all know, Roxas’ filing was delayed for two weeks, since the deadline of SOCE submission declared by the Comelec is June 8, or 30 days after the election day. Gutierrez earlier said that Roxas was late in filing his SOCE because of the huge number of receipts that had to scanned first before attaching them to the documents.
Earlier, LP and Roxas requested for a 14-day extension for the filing of their SOCEs, which received strong criticisms from the voting public. Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim declined the request, but Comelec en banc voted otherwise. This led to his resignation as the head of Campaign Finance Office (CFO) this Monday, June 20.
Meanwhile, Roxas landed as the second highest spender among the presidential candidates in the 2016 elections. Senator Grace Poe ranked first, with P510,845,262.56 in campaign expenditures. Vice President Jejomar Binay spent P463,375,216.37 while incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, spent P371,461,480.23.