Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Presidential candidate denied spending his own money for TV ads on Thursday during a news conference in Cebu City.
His statement comes days after Nielsen report claiming that he spent P115 million on such ads.
“Somebody in the Chinese community gave the money to help me with those ads,” he said.
A political strategist Lito Banayo and Duterte’s supporter earlier said that most of the ads for Duterte came from his supporters.
The groups FORD or Friends of Rody Duterte and Champions of Rody Duterte (CORD) pooled funds from contacts in Manila and Davao,he said.
Lito Banayo who helped produce the “Tapang at Malasakit” TV ads said their expenses haven’t even exceeded P40 million.
After filing his COC for president,Duterte said he is yet to consolidate a “nationwide machinery” for his campaign, But one this is for sure,sourcing funds will be tough,he won’t accept money with strings attached,he said.
“Money is hard to come by nowadays. I have been very frank to everybody. I am not going to accept any donation, any assistance coming from businesses or corporations doing business with government,” he told media.