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Joe III top campaign spender in Iloilo City

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Outgoing Mayor Jose Espinosa III was the biggest spender among other candidates in Iloilo City based on their Statements of Contributions Expenditure (SOCE) submitted last June 13 with the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Espinosa, who lost his reelection to Rep. Jerry Treñas, spent a total of P683,891 in the May 13 elections. Treñas, on one hand, shelled out P498,437.

Other top spenders were Councilor-elect Candice Magdalane Tupas (436,077), Congresswoman-elect Julienne Baronda (P313,079), City Council candidate Ras Borja (P276,659) and mayoralty candidate Pacita Gonzales (P232,338).

Roland Montelibano, Oscar Catarata, and Releo Lumayad – all councilor bets – declared zero campaign expenditures in their SOCEs.

Comelec said 52 out of 59 candidates were able to file their SOCEs with the poll body.

Seven council candidates – John Douglas Janducayan, Mark Khaizer Jadulos, Jose Allen Aquino, Eddie Marie Bañez, Rex Markus Sarabia and Wilfredo Garcia – failed to beat the deadline.