• Comelec reminds winning poll bets: Submit campaign expense statement

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    The Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesman on Monday reminded winning candidates in the May polls that if they don’t submit their Statements of Election Contributions and Expenditures (SECE), they will not be able to assume office on June 30.

    Comelec Director James Jimenez said candidates have until June 13 to submit their SECEs.

    “No extensions will be granted for the filing of SECEs,” Jimenez said

    Section 14 of the Synchronized National and Local Elections Law (Republic Act 7166) 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 is punishable by a fine of up to P30,000 for the first offense, and up to P60,000 and perpetual disqualification from holding public office for the second.

    Earlier, Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said the commission will strictly audit the SECEs. Politicians who overspent during the campaign period could be liable for perjury.

    “They could be liable for perjury. That’s a criminal case… We will endorse it to the DOJ (Department of Justice) if it is perjury since it is already their jurisdiction,” Lim said.

    JOHANNA M. SAMPAN

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