Elected Davao del Norte first district Representative Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo brushed aside any speculation of getting favors from President-elect Rodrigo Duterte for contributing P75 million to his election campaign kitty. “No strings attached,” Floirendo said, adding that is his own humble contribution first as a “brother and an ardent supporter”.
Floirendo came out the biggest contributor in the campaign fund Duterte under his Statement of Contribution and Expenditures (SOCE) submitted before the Commission on Elections (Comelec). In a press statement sent Thursday, Floirendo admitted he contributed first on April 5 the amount of P50 million, then P25 million.
“Beyond the millions of pesos, it was this brotherly love to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte that prompted me to support his candidacy,” Floirendo said, further admitting that he withdrew his support to Duterte’s presidential opponent, Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Floirendo said he understands why his name was made public. “I would have wanted that my contributions to Duterte’s candidacy be incognito but because the law mandates it to be made public for transparency purposes, I submit to the mandate of the law,” he said.
Floirendo also emphasized that one of the reasons he supported Duterte is that he is a fellow Mindanaoan and that “President Rody is the man who could make it all happen for Mindanao.”
“I believe he will do what he promises. I believe in him. He is a no nonsense person,” said Floirendo, adding that he does not expect anything personal from Duterte in return but for the first Mindanaoan president to only make good of his promise for the island and the nation.
“It is my fervent wish that President Duterte would make good of his promises for Mindanao and the entire nation. That alone is enough for me, for us Mindanaoans who gave it all to produce a President we could all be proud of,” Floirendo said.
Based on his SOCE, Duterte reported total expenditures amounting to P371,461,480.23 during the campaign. Duterte reported he received a total of P375,009,474.90 in contributions which represents P298,303,792.00 in cash and P76,705,682.90 in-kind donations.
Aside from spending P200,000 from his personal funds, Duterte’s financiers were Floirendo Jr., at P75 million; Dennis A. Uy, P30 million; Samuel C. Uy, P30 million; Lorenzo A. Te, P30 million, all from Davao City; and Bienvenido F. Tan of Makati City, P20 million.
Dennis Uy owns the Phoenix Petroleum; Samuel Uy, a known close friend of Duterte, owns the Davao Farms and Davao Import Distributors Inc. while Te operates Honda Cars in Davao. Duterte’s other contributors were Tomas Alcantara (P12 million); Nicasio Alcantara (P16 million), and Feliz Ang of CATS Motors (P10 million).
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