President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s electoral campaign was worth P371 million, but he only shelled out a fraction of it from his own pocket.
Thus, bared the Davao City mayor’s Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) which his representatives filed at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Manila Wednesday afternoon (June 8).
From the P371 million that was spent, Duterte only coughed up P200,000 of his own money.
The 71-year-old politiko boasted of an army of donors during his improbable run from Mindanao to Malacañang; according to his SOCE, total contributions for his campaign amounted to P375 million, or P4 million more than his actual poll spending.
Topping the list of Duterte contributors is Davao businessman Tony Boy Floirendo, chairman of the Anflo Management and Investment Corporation.
Dubbed the “Banana King”, Floirendo donated P50 million to Duterte’s campaign war chest.
Also listed as donors in Duterte’s SOCE were his running mate, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano; senatorial bet Francis Tolentino and the Dominguez brothers.
During one of the Comelec-organized presidential debates, Duterte joked that one of his main donors was a certain “Emilio Aguinaldo” whom he described as “a person from the farm”.