Ahong, wife Cindi top Lapu election spenders

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REELECTED Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan and his wife, lone district Representative-elect Ma. Cynthia “Cindi” King-Chan, were the top two spenders during the recently concluded general elections in the city.

Based on their Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (Soce), Chan spent P721,478 while his wife had total expenses of P697,896 in connection with the May 9, 2022 elections.

They were followed by outgoing Lapu-Lapu City Lone District Rep. Paz Radaza with total expenses of P662,871.10.

Radaza challenged Chan in the mayoral race but lost as she secured only 49,535 votes against the latter’s 160,664 votes.

Outgoing City Councilor Michael Dignos ranked 25th in expenses among the candidates with only P35,981 spent.

Dignos, who is an ally of Radaza, lost to King-Chan as he garnered only 38,844 votes compared to the latter’s 147,631 votes.

District representative candidate Pablo Quiñones Doronio Jr., on the other hand, ranked 31st as he reported spending only P4,730.

Lawyer Jerome Brillantes, acting Cebu provincial elections supervisor, noted that candidates under a political party have a lawful expense of P3 per registered voter while independent candidates could spend a maximum of P5.

Brillantes said it may also be a ground for disqualification should they exceed the allowable expenses, may it be personal or donated expenses.

Lapu-Lapu City has 245,395 registered voters.

Data obtained by SunStar Cebu revealed that 13 of the 44 local candidates in Lapu-Lapu City failed to submit their Soce for the recently concluded general elections.

The deadline for the submission of the Soce was Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

The candidates who failed to submit their Soce were Manuel Degollacion Jr., Chezie Demegillo and Genaro Tampus, who ran for the district representative post; vice mayoral candidate Reynaldo Canton Jr.; and Marife Batobalonos, Chelito Caro, Humprey Elvira, Fredie Inot, Oliver Linao, Arturo Morala, Gemma Rabanzo, Jose Ramero Roma, and Guido Tabaña who ran for councilor.

Brillantes earlier said all candidates should file their Soce whether they won or lost in the May 9 elections.

For the first offense, Brillantes said candidates may be given a penalty of at least P5,000 while this will be a ground for disqualification to run for or hold public office once they violate the law twice.

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