- VP-elect Leni Robredo’s top campaign donor has been revealed as no other than TV host-actress Kris Aquino
- Aquino donated a total of P30.8-M to Robredo’s campaign funds
- Another Aquino sister also donated P1-M
MANILA, Philippines – Vice President-elect Leni Robredo received the largest amount of campaign contribution among the five presidential candidates; the biggest of which came from Kris Aquino– the sister of incumbent President Benigno Aquino III.
Kris donated a total of P30.8-M to Robredo’s campaign funds to become the top contributor. The amount were given in four tranches including three instances of P10-M each.
The TV host-actress openly campaigned for Robredo and appeared in political ads with the Bicolana lawmaker. She was even rumored to have paid for the airtime herself.
Robredo’s statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) showed she received a total of P423,163,737.34 in contributions including P406,106,250.19 in cash from various sources, P16,865,148.32 in cash from Liberal Party (LP) and another P192,338.83 in kind.
She also reported to have spent a total of P418,664,130.60.
Another notable contributor to Robredo’s campaign fund is Aquino’s other sister, Victoria “Viel” Aquino Dee. She contributed P1 million.
Several individuals were also included in the list of Robredo’s campaign donors whose contributions ranged from P10,000 to P10,000,000.
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Meanwhile, Robredo’s rivals also submitted their respective SOCE’s in time.
Following Robredo as the second biggest spender was Senator Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero who spent P321,014,827.64 out of the P322,567,073.60 contributions he received.
In third place is Senator Alan Peter Cayetano who received a total of P188,930,000.00 in contributions and spent P189,129,872.48.
Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, who lost to Robredo by a slim margin, reported a total of P130,707,735 in contributions and P140,539,366.34 in expenditures.
Coming in fifth place is Senator Antonio Trillanes who spent P61,896,067.36 out of the total P61,159,497.87 he received as contributions.
Senator Gregorio Honasan emerged as the lowest spender with P26,259,899.20 in expenditures and recipient of P25,963,450.00 in campaign donations.