Soce: Chan, wife top 2 spenders in May polls

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REELECTED Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan and his wife, lone district representative-elect Ma. Cynthia “Cindi” 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 reportedly spent P721,478 while his wife has filed a total expenses of P697,896 for the May 9, 2022 elections.

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

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

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

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

District representative candidate Pablo Quiñones Doronio Jr., on the other hand, ranked 31st among the candidates as he reportedly spent only P4,730.

Lawyer Jerome Brillantes, acting Cebu provincial elections supervisor, noted that candidates under a political party has 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, however, revealed that there were 13 of the 44 local candidates in Lapu-Lapu City failed to submit their SOCEs for the recently concluded general elections.

Deadline of the submission was on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

Among those candidates who failed to submit their SOCEs are Manuel Degollacion Jr., Chezie Demegillo, and Genaro Tampus, who ran for the district representative post; vice mayoral candidate Reynaldo Canton Jr; 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 that all candidates should file their SOCEs regardless if 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 or hold public office once they violated the law twice.

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