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Floirendo: I gave P75M to Duterte campaign out of brotherly love

By: - Bureau Chief / @inqmindanao
/ 05:21 PM June 09, 2016
In this file photo from 2011, businessman Antonio Floirendo Jr. (right) sits with Ayala Land Inc. chair Fernando Zobel de Ayala during an event in Davao City. (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO)

In this file photo from 2011, businessman Antonio Floirendo Jr. (right) sits with Ayala Land Inc. chair Fernando Zobel de Ayala during an event in Davao City. (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO)

DAVAO CITY – Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. said it was his “brotherly love” for President-elect Rodrigo Duterte that prompted him to support his candidacy.

Floirendo, son of the late banana magnate Antonio Floirendo Sr., made the biggest donation to Duterte’s campaign funds with P75 Million.

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The campaign expense report submitted by Duterte’s camp to the Commission Elections’ Campaign Finance Office showed that Floirendo donated P25 million in March and P50 million in April.

“Beyond the millions of pesos, it was my brotherly love to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte that prompted me to support his candidacy,” Floirendo said in a statement.

“This was also the reason why I had to back out of my support for VP (Vice President) Jejomar Binay which the good outgoing vice president understood well,” he added.  Binay ran for president and ended in fourth place.

Floirendo, who was in Paris as of Thursday, said he would have wanted his contributions to Duterte’s candidacy “be incognito but because the law mandates it to be made public for transparency purposes, I submit to the mandate of the law.”

“But I would like to express that all of the millions I have donated to Duterte are without any strings attached, so to speak,” he said, adding that it was his “humble contribution, first, as a ‘brother’ and an ardent supporter.”

“Second, as a fellow Mindanaoan who saw in President Rody the man who could make it all happen for Mindanao,” he added.

“I believe he will do what he promises. I believe in him. He is a no-nonsense person,” he said.  SFM/rga

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