MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – During a congressional probe into the prevalence of drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), a handful of prisoners who were presented as witnesses claimed that Senator Leila de Lima benefitted from the operations.
De Lima's Statement of Contributions and Expenses (SOCE) submitted to the Commission on Elections after the May 2016 polls showed that she received a total of P86,831,095.19 in cash and in-kind contributions from a total of 114 individuals. From the amount, she spent P86,153,300.49 during the campaign period.
None of the names in the list have been mentioned by the witnesses in the congressional probe on the reported drug trade inside the national penitentiary. As prisoners, they would not be able to donate to De Lima's campaign, let alone appear on the list.
Her top contributors gave P5 million each:
Her ex-husband, lawyer Plaridel Bohol II, gave a total of P1,547,402 to her senatorial campaign. De Lima's brothers, Vicente Jr and Vicente II, also contributed P200,000 and P100,000, respectively.
Other notable contributors who gave at least P1 million are the following:
A total of P17.75 million – a fifth of the total contributions she received – came from 20 individuals from Camarines Sur, her home province.
Many lawyers and law firm partners also contributed to De Lima's senatorial campaign. Among them are:
Three gave in-kind contributions:
Here's a full list of contributors to De Lima's senatorial campaign in the 2016 elections:
Contributor Total Amount (in pesos) Notes
– with research by Jodesz Gavilan/Rappler.com
Michael Bueza is a researcher and data curator under Rappler's Research Team. He works on data about elections, governance, and the budget. He also follows the Philippine pro wrestling scene and the WWE. Michael is also part of the Laffler Talk podcast trio.