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.
(VICTOR COSARE/UNTV NEWS)