Among the elected senators joining the 18th Congress in 2019, Sen. Cynthia Villar was the richest with P3.72 billion in total assets with no liability. First-time Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go was the poorest with only P15.51 million in net worth, Senate records showed. The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) has collated the wealth details immediately preceding senators’ election in office in 2019. These are based on the certified summaries of their Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) provided by the Senate.
Defeated Liberal Party bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II was the top ad spender among all national and local candidates, according to Nielsen’s report, with P782.98 million in total ad spend. This covered a total of 15,778 ads — 15,080 of which were placed on radio, while the remaining 698 aired on TV.
Of the more than 60 million registered voters in the 2019 elections, only 394 individuals funded the campaigns of elected senators, with their contributions averaging at P2.9 million each.
Party-list organizations spent P1.54 billion on ad placements alone, data from media monitoring agency Nielsen show. This was P400 million more than the combined total contributions to winning senators in the same polls, which was pegged at P1.14 billion.
Despite being the “poorest” among elected senators in 2019, political neophyte Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go spent the most during the campaign.
A total of 51 of the 134 party-list groups who ran in the 2019 midterm elections was able to earn at least one seat at the House of Representatives.
Voter turnout has been on the average of 76% for the past two decades. It tends to go up slightly higher when it’s time to vote for the president and vice-president or during the national elections every six years.
With the 2022 polls coming up, the Commission on Elections has recently released the number of elective positions. A total of 325 national positions and 17,762 local positions are for the taking this coming elections.
May 2019 senatorial candidates who spent more on TV advertisements earned better chances at winning a seat in the Senate.
A total of 44,549,848 Filipinos turned out to vote in the 2016 national elections. Out of this number, 16,601,997 voted for Rodrigo R. Duterte, which led him to becoming the 16th president of the Philippines.