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COMELEC THUMBS DOWN LP'S REQUEST TO EXTEND THE FILING OF SOCE

COMELEC THUMBS DOWN LP'S REQUEST TO EXTEND THE FILING OF SOCE
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Liberal Party (LP) and Roxas had earlier asked for a 14-day extension to file their SOCE after they failed to meet the deadline last 08 June 2016 set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). They finally filed their SOCE on 14 June 2016.

According to Lim, Republic Act 7166 clearly states that submission of SOCE should be made within 30 days after the elections. He said extension to the deadline means that Comelec should amend the law.


Lim also said that it is stated in the Omnibus Rules on Campaign Finance that the 08 June 2016 deadline is "final and non-extendible."

"The 'final and non-extendible' nature of the 08 June 2016 deadline has been emphasized in the second paragraph of Section 2, Rule 10 of the Omnibus Rules on Campaign Finance," Lim said.


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It will not be fair to other candidates who submitted their SOCEs on time to extend the deadline for Liberal Party (LP). Lim added.

In the memorandum, Lim stated that "To grant the request for extension would not only be unfair to other candidates and parties who complied within the prescribed period but also would be a reversal of the commission's own resolution on the matter,".

Lim also noted that even defeated presidential candidate Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago was able to file her SOCE before the deadline despite her being on medical leave.

Lim also stated in the memorandum that "It is worthy to note that even presidential candidate and incumbent Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago was able to comply… despite being on medical leave and her confinement in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Makati Medical Center a few days before the deadline,”.

Lim’s recommendation, however, is not yet final, as the seven members Comission on Elections (Comelec) will still vote on the recommendation on Thursday.

Republic Act 7166 states that winning candidates cannot take their posts if their party failed to file their SOCE. LP’s failure jeopardizes the position of their elected members, including Vice President-elect Leni Robredo.

UNA (United Nationalist Alliance) has written to the Comissions on Elections (Comelec) to reject Liberal Party's motion to extend SOCE filing.

"Roxas and the Liberal Party should not be given any special treatment," it said. "Roxas and the Liberal Party must be sanctioned for their deliberate failure to account for all contributions and expenses they incurred."

As per the phone interview of GMA News Wednesday night, Liberal Party spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said that the SOCE filing is just ministerial. He added that there was nothing in the election laws that imposes a specific deadline.
Gutierrez called the CFO’s recommendation “absurd”, pointing out that preventing Robredo from taking office is dismissing the will of the people.

Gutierrez also added that there is no reason that the Vice President-elect cannot take her oath since she filed her own SOCE on time.

Gutierrez said that Comelec can just impose a penalty or fine on Liberal Party.

He added that Roxas’ lawyers are still finalizing attachment of receipts to his SOCE, but they are expected to file within the week.

Source: GMA News

2 comments:

  1. I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS BECAUSE THE COMELEC CHIEF SAID HE WILL REVIEW THE PAST DECISIONS ABOUT THE SOCE WHETEHR HE WILL GRANT IT FOR EXTENSION OR NOT SO WHAT IS THE REAL SCORE???? EXTEND OR NO MORE?

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  2. As what it is. This motherfuckers are making their own policy or law as they move along... Fuck the Vice President!!! That is called karma, because of the cheating that they made during the election.

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