Expect a big bang this November.
Election commissioner Robert Christian Lim warned local and national candidates that a number of disqualification cases will be issued by the poll body’s division on the onset of November or a few days after All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day.
Lim said that there are “incumbent” officials who need to be “ousted” from their post after they failed to file their statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCEs) during the mid-term elections.
“We will focus on the barangay [this time]so ceasefire na muna ngayon, but we’ll directly resume on November with a big bang. May mga incumbent [officials]na kailangang umalis muna sa kanilang mga pwesto,” Lim said in a press briefing.
Under the law, the commissioner emphasized that the winning officials who failed to file their SOCEs are not qualified to assume office.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. also said that they are reviewing the list of candidates who did not file their SOCE from local executives’ up to the senators.
“Lahat mag-mula sa konsehal at mayroon pa pati barangay pag-nag-file na sila. Ang senator mayroon din, pwedi bang wala?” Brillantes said.
For barangay election candidates, both winners and losers must file their SOCE before November 28 at the Comelec office where they filed their certificate of candidacy.
On the other hand, Brillantes announced that there was no failure of elections, in which all barangays have already conducted their elections.
“Wala naman ano, tapos na lahat. Iyong Lanao del Sur dumating na ang report. Walang failure [of elections], tapos na lahat,” he said.
ROBERTZON F. RAMIREZ