By: Elena Grace Flores
SC ruled to put Vice President-elect Leni Robredo’s on safe landing into her newly coveted position – the same as other late filers. This paves the way to Liberal Winners and Mar Roxas despite him not making it to the presidency.
CNN Philippines wrote: The court’s ruling clears the way for Vice President-elect Leni Robredo and other candidates who won in the May 9 polls to assume their posts on June 30. The decision, however, was based on a technicality – petitioners Manuel Luna and Justino Padiernos failed to attach the assailed Comelec resolution in their petition. The petitioners argued that the Comelec amended the law on the filing of the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) when it extended the June 8 deadline for the filing of the election expense report.
It continued: They said the law requiring the filing of the SOCE says candidates cannot assume office even if they won the elections if they or their parties fail to submit their SOCEs within the deadline. Voting 4-3, the Comelec on June 16 granted a 14-day extension for filing the SOCE. This applied to the Liberal Party (LP), Aksyon Demokratiko, Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino, and all candidates who failed to submit their SOCEs by June 8.