Moneyed kin, personal coffers paved Senate victories in 2022
Senatorial candidates in the 2022 polls won fresh terms by financing their campaign with money from family members and money from their own pocket.
Cayetano, Escudero, and Villanueva report millions in excess campaign funds
The lack of specific laws on the use of excess campaign donations has led to windfall income for some candidates.
1 in 4 national candidates failed to file SOCE
Three aspirants for president, one for vice president and 16 for senator did not submit their Statement of Contributions and Expenditures.
Marcos doubled, tripled or more his 2016 vote in many provinces
The supporters of both former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo were enthusiastic nationwide. But the turnout for Marcos was sensational even in areas where Robredo dominated.
Only 16 senatorial candidates declared 2019 socmed spending; Aquino, Go top spenders
Based on candidates’ SOCEs, former senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, who ran under the opposition Liberal Party, had the biggest social media spending during the 2019 polls. He was followed by Duterte’s long-time aide Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, who spent P5.57 million solely on Facebook during the official 90-day campaign period.
Among 2022 bets, Robredo spends most on FB ads
Presidential candidate Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo spent a total of P14.1 million across three Facebook pages.
Press freedom alarm over treatment of Philippine media in 2022 elections
The campaign period, which began on Feb. 8, saw the banning of reporters in campaign events, refusal by candidates to attend media-hosted debates, a spate of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on news websites, and online hostility against news organizations and reporters.
Villar, richest; Go, ‘poorest’ among 2019 senators
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.
Roxas, Angara spent most on 2019 pol ads -- Nielsen
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.
Only 394 donors bankrolled senators’ 2019 run
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.