Kibot gid sya! Defensor tops list of campaign ad spender in Iloilo

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Relected Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. was surprised that the biggest spender in the May 9 polls among candidates in Iloilo.

Defensor spent P1,203,165.95 worth of campaign expenditure, according to his Statement of Contributions and Expenditures.

“This came as a surprise to me,” said Defensor, whose defeated rival, Norberto Gil spent P325,000. (

The reelected governor obtained 891,980 votes against Gil’s 25,919 votes.

Defensor said he thought he spent less because he did not have a strong opponent in this year’s elections.

The bulk of his campaign spending went to the “fundamentals” such as the salaries of people who worked for his campaign, he added.

Meanwhile, reelected Vice Governor Christine Garin spent P702,434.75 for her campaign. She ran unopposed and got 725,282 votes.

As for Iloilo congressmen, here’s their spending:

* 1st District Cong. Janette Garin – P576,566.50

* 2nd District Cong. Michael Gorriceta – P365,102

* 3rd District Cong. Lorenz Defensor – P94,192

* 4th District Cong. Ferjenel Biron – P615,680; and

* 5th District Cong. Raul Tupas – P562,500.