Vice President-elect Leni Robredo justified her high campaign spending in the recently concluded elections, saying she had been honest in declaring all the received donations and incurred expenses.
Her Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE), submitted to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), showed Robredo received P423,163,737.34 in contributions, both in cash and in kind.
From this amount, she spent a total of P418,664,130.60 for her vice presidential campaign. This is the highest recorded contributions and expenditures among the six vice presidential candidates.
"Siguro ako yung pinaka-honest sa pagdeklara ng expenses," she mused.
(I was probably the most honest when it came to the declaration of expenses.)
The Camarines Sur congresswoman declared zero personal spending in her SOCE. Her top campaign donor was TV host-actress Kris Aquino, who gave a total of P30.8 million for her campaign.
Victoria Aquino Dee, another sister of outgoing President Benigno Aquino III, contributed P1 million.
The Liberal Party (LP) contributed a substantial amount to her campaign, with P16,865,148.32 worth of political advertisements.
Robredo reassured everybody there are no strings attached with the campaign contributions donated to her. She emphasized that before the donations were given, the donors did not ask for favors.
"Kung titingnan natin yung mga nag-donate sa akin, wala namang favors na kailangan. Naging particular kami niyan sa bago tumanggap ng campaign donations."
(If we look at my donors, they did not ask for any favors. We are very particular about that before we accept campaign donations.)
Furthermore, Robredo is confident that the LP would file its SOCE before June 30 - the day she takes office. She is aware that if her party fails to do so, it may bar her from formally assuming office as vice president.
Oath-taking and the turnover
Robredo revealed she wants to take her oath before a barangay captain in the smallest and farthest barangay in the country. She said that currently, they are still waiting for counsel from President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's camp about the inauguration.
"Magkasama o hindi, okay lang. Malalaman sa susunod na linggo. Kailangan namin gumawa ng preparations."
(It won't matter whether he and I will take it together or not. We'll find out next week. As of now, we still need to prepare.)
So far, she believes the turnover of the Office of the Vice President has gone smoothly. Her camp is reviewing the documents that were handed over on Thursday.
Outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay's camp has assured her that they are willing and ready to assist her if she has any concerns.