• Deadline for filing of SOCEs extended

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    The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has extended the deadline for the filing of the statements of contribution and expenditures (SOCEs) for those who ran during the May 2013 midterm elections.

    A Comelec resolution published in The Manila Times gives candidates, political parties and partylist organizations until June 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm to submit or correct their campaign finance statements.

    The poll body said that the decision to extend its deadline was in response to the numerous requests from those who ran in the 2013 polls.

    “In view of the numerous requests for extension from candidates, political parties, and party-list organizations, and in the interest of promoting transparency and fair play in the electoral process by encouraging candidates and parties to fully and truthfully disclose their campaign contributions and expenditures, the Commission En Banc hereby resolves to extend the deadline,” the resolution reads.

    The Comelec’s en banc resolution amends Resolution 9849, which had set the deadline on May 12, 2014.

    Candidates and parties may submit their late or corrected SOCEs in person at the Office of the Campaign Finance Unit of the Project Management Office on the ground floor of the Palacio del Gobernador Building in Intramuros, Manila or through courier, messenger service or registered mail.

    Candidates and parties were also reminded by the Comelec that the submission of the late or corrected SOCEs does not constitute full compliance unless accompanied by the payment of the late penalty.

    The resolution enumerates the amount of the penalty for tardiness for various positions including senator P16,000, governor and vice governor P9,500, member of the House of Representatives P8,000, city mayor P8,000, city vice mayor P8,000, partylist organization P16,000 and national political party P16,000.

    The en banc said the late penalty may be paid in cash at the cash division of the commissiory, which is in the Comelec Annex Building also in Intramuros or through postal money order or manager’s check issued to the Comelec as the payee.

    The Comelec said SOCEs not personally signed or those not complying with the required form are considered not filed.

    Section 14 of Republic Act 7166 provides that “no person elected to any public office shall enter upon the duties of his office until he has filed the statement of contributions and expenditures required”.

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