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Bigay naman ‘yan! Duterte reveals keeping one-fourth of last minute campaign donations

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President Rodrigo Duterte kept one-fourth of the money he received in the last stretch of the campaign season for the 2016 elections, he revealed Wednesday (May 9).

In a speech in Malacañang, Duterte said he was unable to spend the contributions he received at the last minute, when he was widely perceived to win the presidential race.

“Alam mo ang financiers magbigay lang ‘yan kung sigurado kung sinong manalo. But if you give me money two — one day, two days before, you can ask any politician. It’s of no use to us, even if you buy votes,” he said.

Duterte said he asked Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez to extend the filing of the Statement of Election Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) because of the deluge in the number of his poll donors.

The Commission on Elections extended the filing of all candidates’ SOCEs until June 30, 2016.

“Sabi ko kay Sonny, ‘i-extend mo.’ That’s what — there was an exte — alam mo na so… This is money that I got, it belongs to me. Binigay na eh,” he said.

Since he was unable to spend the money for his campaign, Duterte said he kept a portion of it.

“So that is the history why I’m telling you. That ako ‘yung… Sabi ko, ‘Son, paano ito, two million is two million.’ Pero ano, may pina-ano ko. So lahat-lahat, parang na… I only got about one-fourth. ‘Yung iba, paso na talaga,” he said.