DILG re­minds lo­cal of­fi­cials to sub­mit SOCE

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MANILA -- The De­part­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Govern­ment (DILG) re­minds anew lo­cal can­di­dates who par­tic­i­pated in the May 2019 midterm elec­tions to file their State­ment of Con­tri­bu­tions and Ex­pen­di­tures (SOCE) not later than June 13.

“This is a re­spon­si­bil­ity that all can­di­dates, whether or not they were elected, must ful­fill. As what we have re­peat­edly pointed out even in the past polls, those who fail to file may face ad­min­is­tra­tive sanc­tions,” DILG Un­der­sec­re­tary and Spokesper­son Jonathan E. Malaya said in a state­ment.

“Trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity is the name of the game here. As pub­lic ser­vants, we must set our­selves as a pri­mary ex­am­ple to the peo­ple we serve, there­fore it is very im­por­tant to bare in­for­ma­tion such as these,” Malaya stressed

Un­der the law, all can­di­dates, in­clud­ing those who were not elected, self-funded, and those who with­drew their can­di­da­cies within the cam­paign pe­riod are re­quired to sub­mit the said state­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Sec­tion 14 of Repub­lic Act No. 7166 or the “Syn­chro­nized Na­tional and Lo­cal Elec­tions and Elec­toral Re­forms Act,” no per­son shall en­ter upon the du­ties of his of­fice un­til he has filed SOCE as re­quired by the law.

Ev­ery can­di­date and trea­surer of the po­lit­i­cal party shall, within 30 days af­ter the day of the elec­tion, file in du­pli­cate with the of­fices of the Com­mis­sion the full, true and item­ized state­ment of all con­tri­bu­tions and ex­pen­di­tures in con­nec­tion with the elec­tion. No per­son elected to any pub­lic of­fice shall en­ter upon the du­ties of his of­fice un­til he has filed the state­ment of con­tri­bu­tions and ex­pen­di­tures re­quired,” the same RA pro­vides.

Part of the Mem­o­ran­dum Cir­cu­lar (MC) No. 2019-85 re­leased June 3 or barely a week be­fore the dead­line says a win­ning can­di­date must

present a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) to the DILG or any of its at­tached agen­cies that he or she has com­plied with the SOCE re­quire­ments be­fore he or she will be sworn into of­fice or al­lowed to as­sume into of­fice.

The dead­line for the sub­mis­sion of Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Com­elec is on June 21 through the Pro­vin­cial Direc­tor, City Direc­tor or CLGOO, and MLGOO.

Malaya also warns win­ning of­fi­cials who will fail to meet the set dead­line that they may not be al­lowed to as­sume their re­spec­tive posts.

“Sa Huwebes na po ang dead­line ng pag-file ng SOCE, kaya hindi nagkuku­lang ang DILG na paalala­hanan ang at­ing mga opisyal na mag-file na ng kanikani­lang mga SOCE. Para po ito sa smooth tran­si­tion sa pag-upo nila sa puwesto at para masig­u­rado natin na walang anu­mang paglabag ang at­ing mga kan­didato sa mga gas­tusin noong nakaraang ha­lalan,” he stressed.

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