MANILA - A member of President Aquino's Liberal Party who won in the May 2013 elections is also facing possible disqualification for overspending in his campaign, the Commission on Elections said Friday.
"Isa yan sa mga tinitignan natin. We are looking at a winning LP candidate for the same possible violation," Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez told ANC's Headstart.
Jimenez refused to identify the LP member, saying only that the person is occupying a local post.
He also refuted the statement of Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito that the poll body is focusing only on alleged violations of opposition lawmakers. This is after the Comelec First Division disqualified Ejercito for overspending in the May 2013 polls.
"It is not just ER Ejecito who overspent. It is not just one person or one side of the divide but all," he said.
He said Ejercito has five days to file a motion for reconsideration before the poll body. If he files a motion for reconsideration, the case will then be elevated to the Comelec en banc for resolution.
Jimenez denied that the poll body is being influenced by Malacañang to persecute the Laguna governor.
He said Ejercito's rival, Liberal Party bet Edgar San Luis, filed the complaint against Ejercito even before the end of the campaign period.
He also noted that the disqualification does not favor Palace allies since San Luis will still not become governor even if the Comelec decision becomes final. If the disqualification is upheld, Vice Governor Ramil Hernandez will take over Ejercito's post.
Jimenez noted that Ejercito spent P6 million on TV ads on ABS-CBN for the 2013 campaign when he was only supposed to spend P4.5 million for the entire campaign. He said Comelec has other evidence that Ejercito spent more than that amount for the elections.
A PCIJ report also said Ejercito overshot the campaign expenditure cap by at least P19 million. This is primarily because of his campaign ad expenses that reached a total of more than P23 million.