“Show me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are!”- IBP, LENTE and TF2016

Election2016 January 11, 2016 6:19 PM

Makati City. TF2016 (Task Force 2016), IBP (Integrated Bar of the Philippines) and LENTE (Legal Network for Truthful Elections) challenged all candidates to be transparent on their financial sources that fund their campaign. This statement was made in light of the Nielsen Pilipinas’ report of national candidates’ spending from January to November last year.

Atty. Rose Setias-Reyes, IBP’s National President and LENTE’s National Chairperson, reminded the candidates that even though they are not legally obliged to reveal their donors and contributors at this time, they should do so. “This measure of transparency would show us that these candidates are not hiding anything from us,” answered Atty. Setias-Reyes when asked the reason why the candidates should reveal their donors and contributors.

Atty. Rona Ann V. Caritos, TF2016’s Chairperson and LENTE’s Executive Director, explained the importance of the candidates’ disclosure of the sources of campaign funds. “Campaign finance has been proven to have a direct link to governance, corruption, proliferation of political dynasties and unlawful use of government funds. Kung ang pumopondo sa kandidatura ng isang kandidato ay isang mayamang negosyante, magtataka pa batayo kung magiging protektado, kahit maraming nilalabag na batas ang negosyanteng ito, kung ang kandidato ng sinuportahan niya ang manalo?”

As some candidates already answered that friends and family members were their financial sources, Atty. Setias-Reyes, reminded the candidates of the well-known quote, “Show me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are.” “It is not enough for the candidates to tell us that they got financial support from friends and family. We need to know who these friends and family are,” said Atty. Setias-Reyes.

It is the hope of these three organizations that candidates should heed this challenge. ###

 

For media inquries, please contact:

Atty. Rosario Setias – Reyes, 0999-7250074 / (02) 631-3014
Atty. Rona Ann V. Caritos, lente.philippines@gmail.com /0917-6023228 /0917-5760810

 

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