By: Elena Grace Flores
The nation cannot believe that the late filing of Statement of Contributions and Expenditures or SOCE has been allowed by the Comelec after the en banc voting resulted to 4:3 in favor of allowing Liberal Party’s request disregarding their own formulated policy adopted 9 months earlier. It was in October 2015 that they unanimously agreed that the 08 June 2016 deadline shall be final and non-extendible – in whiich submission beyond this period shall not be accepted”; as per Comelec Resolution No. 9991.
Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, who used to be Liberal Party mayor of Cadiz City in Negros Occidental and whose appointment to the Comelec position was Manuel Roxas’s hard work, aggressively and ridiculously defended the decision. Four of them were totally for the provision but Bautista’s no extension vote also had some execeptions. So, out of the 7, 5 are still the country’s traitors.
She claimed on TV that the commission had also allowed the late SOCE submissions in the past – citing the 2010 and 2013 elections. However, after checking, she ended up not doing her homework at all. She totally ignored the provision of Comelec Resolution No. 9991: COMELEC Resolutions Nos. 9849 and 9873, Minute Resolutions Nos. 13-0775 and 13-0823, that repealed, insofar as they allowed the belated submission, amendment and/or correction of campaign finance disclosure statements and reports and the imposition of late penalties for the 2013 National and Local Elections. “These Resolutions 9849 and 9873 were the body’s decisions Guanzon was referring to, which extended the deadlines for the filing of the SOCEs but which were missed by several candidates in the 2013 elections or for which they provided inadequate submissions. The newer resolution in 2015, however, prescribes that such extensions will no longer be allowed”; as published by Manila Times