The Provincial Comelec through spokesperson Jomel Ordas reminded all winning and losing candidates in the May 9 elections of the extended deadline of submission for their SOCE or sworn statement of contributions and expenditures.
“Those candidates who have not yet filed [their reports] can file their SOCE until 5PM of June 30 at their respective Comelec Offices where they also filed their certificate of candidacies,” Ordas said.
As of press time, seven candidates in the provincial level have not yet filed their SOCEs, namely: gubernatorial candidates Rudy Babera and Richard Lopez; Sangguniang Panlalawigan candidates Edgardo Trinidad, Helen Saulon, Jun Servando and Andres Bacosa; and 3rd District Congressional bet Cil Acosta.
City Election Officer Atty. Ferdinand Bermejo also confirmed that there are candidates in the city level who have not yet submitted any documentation of the expenses they incurred last election period. “Kahit natalo, they are obliged to comply with Comelec’s requirements,” Atty. Bermejo said.
Pursuant to Paragraph 6 of Section 14, Republic Act No. 7166, “every candidate and treasurer of the political party shall submit sworn SOCE within thirty (30) days after the day of the election”. Comelec warned all candidates that failure to file their SOCE shall constitute an administrative offense, which is liable to a fine of P1,000 to P30,000. For subsequent offenses the administrative fine shall be from P2,000 to P60,000. Ultimately, the offender shall be subjected to perpetual disqualification to hold public office. The fine shall be paid within thirty 30 days from receipt of notice of such failure; otherwise, it shall be enforceable by a writ of execution issued by the Commission against the properties of the offender.
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