Liberal Party, Aksyon Demokratiko and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino fail to submit SOCEs

admin   •   June 9, 2016   •   4385


MANILA, Philippines — The election law provides that not just the candidates but even political parties are required to submit their Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE).

Based on the records of Commission on Election’s Campaign Finance Office, out of the 13 political parties who fielded national candidates, 3 failed to submit SOCE namely the Liberal Party, Aksyon Demokratiko and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.

COMELEC spokesman James Jimenez said, the failure of political parties to file their SOCE will have an effect on their candidates who won in the elections.

Section 14 of the Republic Act No. 7166 states that winning candidates cannot assume duty if their party did not submit their contributions and expenditures report at the given period for submission.

Vice president-elect Leni Robredo is likely to be affected being a nominee of the Liberal Party.

“That would probably affect her, yes, if you would apply the law as strictly as written (…) The party will have to be answerable to their candidates as that,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez said, the case of the parties’ failure to submit SOCE will be ruled upon by the commission en banc.

Meanwhile, Mar Roxas has asked for an extension in the filing of his SOCE.

The en banc will also tackle the matter.

“Some local candidates have also written us and for me it is better that we forward it to the Campaign Finance Office and ask for their recommendation on what to do,” said COMELEC chair Andres Bautista.

Among the winning senatorial candidates, Senate President Franklin Drilon was not issued a certificate of compliance in relation to the submission of SOCE.

Despite having been able to submit the documents yesterday, the Campaign Finance Office did not officially accept it because of some formal defects.

“If you are going to look at it in terms like percentages just really rough, you’re looking at almost 99% compliance. But it has some problems like for instance, the format of the soft copy. I think it didn’t follow the right format. It’s a very minor thing. We’ll see what the en banc will say.

The en banc will also discuss Senate President Drilon’s action on SOCE.


Supreme Courts issues TRO vs COMELEC’s decision to cancel Senate bet COC

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Commission on Election’s (COMELEC) decision to declare as a nuisance and cancel the certificate of candidacy of a senatorial aspirant.

In a document posted by the SC Public Information Office on Twitter, the high court granted the petition of Norman Cordero Marquez, assailing the poll body’s decision to cancel his candidacy for the May 2022 elections.

The SC said the petition appears to be sufficient in form and substance.

Considering the allegations contained, the issues raised and the arguments adduced in the petition, the court said it has required the COMELEC to comment on the petition within a non-extendible period of 10 days from notice.

“Now, therefore, respondent COMELEC is hereby required to comment on the petition within a non-extendible period of 10 days from notice hereof,” the document read.

“Meanwhile, a temporary restraining order is issued, effective immediately and continuing until further orders this court,” it added.

COMELEC to provide free online campaign airtime for 2022 national bets

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said it has launched an official platform that will provide free live streaming of e-rallies of national candidates for the 2022 national and local elections.

In a news release, the COMELEC said the platform, called Campaign S.A.F.E COMELEC e-Rally Channel, will provide e-rally airtime to all bona fide candidates for President, Vice President, Senator, and party-list organizations.

Each candidate for president and vice president will be granted 10-minute airtime for each of three slots in a night, while Senate candidates will be given three minutes for every five slots a night.

Party-list groups will be provided with three minutes each for five slots per night while political parties will have 10 minutes each for three slots.

The poll body said the platform will begin the live streaming by February 8, 2022, when the campaign period for national candidates starts.

“The COMELEC is set to release a schedule of e-rally timeslots for each elective position. Beginning February 8, 2022, live streaming of e-rallies will be conducted every night on the official social media channels of the COMELEC,” it said.

“Every night, there shall be three presidential and three vice-presidential 10-minute slots, and 10 party-list 3-minute slots,” it added.

COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez said the commission will issue the pertinent guidelines on how the candidates and party-list organizations can participate in the e-rally channel.

“This platform can help ensure that even those candidates who have less in followers can still have more in views and exposure, so to speak,” he added.

COMELEC eyes release of final list of 2022 poll bets on January 15

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is eyeing to release the final list of candidates for the May 2022 national and local elections by Saturday, January 15.

COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez said they are also hoping to start the printing of official ballots by January 17.

Based on the poll body’s latest tentative list of candidates, there are 10 presidential aspirants for the upcoming elections.

The list includes former Palace Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, Labor Leader Leody de Guzman, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, Former Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Senator Manny Pacquiao, Faisal Mangondato, Jose Montemayor, former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and Vice President Leni Robredo.

Meanwhile, nine aspirants remain in the vice presidential race, while 64 are vying for a senate seat.


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