Boosting Transparency: P-Noy’s Top Campaign Contributors
This is setting the tone for how transparent the P-Noy administration will be:
Former Environment Eecretary Fulgencio Factoran gave P20 million, as did Martin Ignacio Lorenzo of Pancake House, and Bu Hong Chiong of Ozamiz City.
Aquino’s sister, TV host Kris Aquino, was listed with a P15 -million contribution, while Leonardo Javier Jr. of Andoks Chicken was listed as having donated P14 million.
Listed as having donated P10 million each were former Fnance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Jose Ramon Aliling, Alex Tanwangco, Jose Mari Gamboa, Elena Lim and David Lim of Solid Group of Companies, Abeto Uy of Philsteel Group of Companies, Felix Ang of Cats Motors, Felipe Diego, Felix Chung, Jose Antonio Larrauri, and Gerardo Esquivel.
Those who contributed P5 million each were identified as Aurora Abellada, Lourdes Ong, Antonio Aquino, George Barcelon, Eduardo Galvez, former Agrarian Reform secretary Philip Juico, Maripola Aquino, Angelita Legarda, Josephine Guingona, Salvador Zamora II, Gregorio Yu of Cars Motors, Josephine Reyes and Mariano Chua.
Maria Elena Cruz, Julio Sy Jr., Bernadine Quiason, and former Philippine ambassador to the Vatican Howard Dee contributed P3 million each.
Those who donated P500,000 to P2 million were Abraham Pascual, Sylvia Pascual, Sostenes Campillo Jr., Victor Gomez III, Jose Ong, Enrique Quiason, Antonio Lopa, Cornelio Toreja, Teresita Lacson, Maria Cecilia Santos, Emmanuel Cochico, Daniel Lichauco, Anita Vistan, Lourdes San Gabriel, Camilo Quiason, and Miguel Antonio Lacson.
(Source: Manila Standard Today)
The submission of such a detailed report is seldom seen from Filipino politicians.
But the incoming President has now raised the bar for transparency, even revealing that most of the contributions were in cash and that there if a PhP 37-N balance in unspent donations.
Mr. Aquino has even made clear that he does not owe any of his contributors any favor and neither do they expect any.
His commitment to them simply was “I will be fair to all and work hard to fulfill my promise to eliminate corruption in the government.”
I think the balance in unspent campaign contributions will most certainly go to charity, the poor being a particular sector the new President has vowed he will help.
Go ahead, sir.
Reminds me of Congressman Mikey Arroyo who admitted using unspent contributions to buy a condo in the U.S.