PNoy's sisters among Akbayan's biggest campaign donors in 2010

The biggest donors of party-list group Akbayan in the 2010 elections were the three sisters of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
The Aquino family / Photo from Rappler

Should it be taken against the group, if somebody prominent supports them? Parang unfair naman yata ‘yun,” PNo’y presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

Akbayan received P112 million in campaign contributions for the 2010 national elections. Of this amount, P14 million came from three of President Benigno Aquino III’s sisters.

Kristina Bernadette Aquino-Yap was listed as the party's biggest contributor, giving P10 million for the campaign.

Maria Elena "Ballsy" Aquino Cruz and Victoria Aquino-Dee each gave P2 million.

Their family friend Margarita Juico, now chairwoman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, gave P1 million.

Sought for comment, Akbayan member and senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros said the contributions were channeled into television ads that supported Aquino's platform.

"Halos lahat ng contributions nilang iyon sa pondo ay para sa joint Noynoy-Akbayan TV ads tungkol sa plataporma ni PNoy na sinusuportahan ng Akbayan. Di ito makaapekto sa kaso," Hontiveros said.

Meanwhile, Lacierda said as private citizens, the Aquino sisters can contribute all they want to whomever they support.

The sisters are, and continue up to this day as, private citizens. They have a right to contribute to a group they feel which would also support the president’s program of anti-corruption and poverty alleviation,” he said.

So it should not come as a surprise being private citizens that they choose to support groups which are supportive of the advocacies of the President," Lacierda added.


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