The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday reminded winning politicians that failure to submit their Statements of Election Contributions and Expenditures (SECE) would prevent them to assume office on June 30.
Director James Jimenez said that all candidates during the May 13 polls are required to submit their SECEs until June 12 as sought for in Republic Act (RA) 7166.
“In case you’ve forgotten, all candidates in the 2013 elections must submit Statements of Election Contributions and Expenses within 30 days after polls,” Jimenez reiterated.
“No extensions will be granted for the filing of SECE,” he added.
Section 14 of the RA 7166 or the Synchronized National and Local Elections Law states that “no person elected to any public offices shall enter upon the duties of his office until he has filed the statement of contributions and expenditures required.”
Failure to submit the SECE will constitute an administrative offense, which is punishable by a fine ranging from P1,000 to P30,000 at the discretion of the Comelec.
Meanwhile, for the second or subsequent offense, lawbreakers shall be liable to pay an administrative fine from P2,000 to P60,000 and shall be subject to perpetual disqualification from holding public office.
Comelec Resolution 9616 provides that June 13, Thursday at 5 p.m. is the deadline for the submission of SECE.
Jimenez also reiterated the existing memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the poll body and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in strictly enforcing the SECE requirement for the local candidates.
“Local candidates failing to submit SECEs won’t be allowed to assume office,” the spokesman pointed out.
Under the MOA signed in March 2012, the DILG shall require the winning candidate to present a certification from the Comelec that he/she has satisfactorily complied with his/her obligation of filing his/her SECE before he/she is administered into oath of office.
The poll official also said that the commission is also inclined to look into the validity of the statement’s contents.
Earlier, Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said that the commission will strictly audit the SECEs’ contents. Politicians that overspent during the campaign period could be liable for perjury.