GMA News Online : Setting minimum limit on campaign spending puts price tag on candidates –Drilon

News & Interviews
18 May 2021

By CONSUELO MARQUEZ | GMA News Online

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Tuesday was dismayed over suggestions of a minimum limit for campaign expenses, saying it was like "putting a price tag" on those who would like to run for public office.

Drilon's reaction came after Senator Imee Marcos suggested that such a provision could be included in Senate Bill 810 which seeks to raise the authorized expenses of candidates and political parties.

"I have very serious reservations to impose a minimum spending whatever it is -- P500 or P500,000-- to impose that minimum, in effect you are putting a price tag on my desire to seek public office. I think it can be questioned," said Drilon during a Senate session.

Marcos, for her part, shared Drilon's views, noting that the amount stated for campaign expenses was the suggestion of the Commission on Elections. The senator added that she wanted to discuss the amendment with her colleagues.

"I agree po. The amendment came from COMELEC and we should discuss it. I don't see the burning need to have such an amendment. As you said it is quite off putting po," Marcos, chair of Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation, pointed out.