Excess campaign funds were returned by Duterte to his sponsors after the financial team of PDP-Laban realized that there were unused cash contributions which were left after their nationwide campaign.
This could be the first time in the Philippine history that a presidential candidate issued a refund after learning that there are extra campaign funds he received from his friends and volunteers for his national bid. You might think that this news is absurd but this report came from a viral post of Marion Raagas. Aside from that, major local TV networks released a report citing the procedures in refunding the unspent amount.
Businessman Benny Gopez initially called his friends and relatives who believe their candidate to donate cash for their nationwide campaign. Gradually, the team started to receive large sum of cash from other people including two billionaires who offered more than what they needed. Then even ordinary people started to contribute for Duterte's campaign.
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Raagas wrote a note on his social media account describing the refund.
Campaign Fund Contribution REFUND
What greeted me this morning as I walk into my office was a bunch of checks that I need to sign. These checks represent the pro-rated amounts of excess campaign fund contributions for Duterte campaign team (coursed thru Anonymous Patriots). I suppose this is the first time in our country's history that excess campaign funds are voluntarily returned to generous campaign contributors. Normally, traditional politicians just pocket the difference or perhaps fund handlers just "split the loot" amongst themselves. It is also interesting to note that Mayor Duterte himself has repeatedly turned down financial contributions (regardless of amount) if fund contributor is identified to have corrupt practices or have questionable integrity. I have been a direct witness to this. Change is not coming. CHANGE is already HAPPENING!
Despite these facts, they said that this is too good to be true. There are some who questioned the procedures in returning the excess funds while others believe that this is just a strategy to convince other Filipinos to believe the leadership of President Duterte.
Here in viralpick.com, we fully believe the genuine intent of the group in retuning the money. Mayor Duterte's style in running the Philippine government is totally different from traditional politicians.
Mabuhay ang bagong Presidente ng Pilipinas. Let the change begin!