A research firm has released the list of top campaign spenders in line with the upcoming local and national elections; saying that two of the presidential bets have already exceeded half of the limit set by the Commission on Elections.
According to AGB Nielson Media Research, Inc., Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) had already spent nearly P385 million, while independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares used over P331 million.
Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, who runs under the Liberal Party slate of the administration, spent P158 million from February to March; excluding the expenses for the ads made with his running mate, Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo of Camarines Sur.
Presidential forerunner Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City landed on the fourth spot in the list; having spent only P110 million for political campaigns, which already includes his tandem ads with Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano.
Meanwhile, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago did not spend even a single centavo for her presidential campaign; having been funded by the People’s Reform Party (PRP).
Last January, the Comelec said that presidential candidates may only spend P10 for every voter; thereby setting the expense limit of each bet to P543,638,440.