File ex­pense re­ports or face ban, Com­elec tells bets

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS - By Jo­ce­lyn R. Uy

THE COM­MIS­SION on Elec­tions (Com­elec) is re­mind­ing can­di­dates in the May 9 polls, whether they won or lost, to file their state­ment of con­tri­bu­tions and ex­pen­di­tures (SOCE) by June 8 or risk be­ing per­ma­nently barred from run­ning for pub­lic of­fice.

The Com­elec said it had no plans of ex­tend­ing the dead­line.

“If you fail to file by that date, it’s con­sid­ered not filed,” said Com­mis­sioner Chris­tian Robert Lim, head of the Com­elec’s cam­paign fi­nance of­fice.

Lim said that un­like in 2013 when the Com­elec gave can­di­dates more time to sub­mit their SOCE, this year it would strictly im­ple­ment Com­elec Res­o­lu­tion No. 9991, the Om­nibus Rules and Reg­u­la­tions Gov­ern­ing Cam­paign Fi­nance and Dis­clo­sure.

“Our dead­line is June 8 and it is nonex­tendible,” Lim said, adding that can­di­dates who with­drew or did not spend any­thing were not ex­empted from the rules.

He said that win­ning can­di­dates who failed to sub­mit the re­quired doc­u­ments would not be al­lowed to as­sume the posts they had won.

Aside from be­ing barred from pub­lic po­si­tions, can­di­dates who fail to sub­mit a SOCE will be slapped ad­min­is­tra­tive fines of P10,000 to P30,000 for the first of­fense and P20,000 to P60,000 for the sec­ond of­fense, de­pend­ing on the po­si­tion in­volved.

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