By: Elena Grace Flores
James Jimenez, Comelec’s spokesperson desperately issued a defense for Comelec saying the en banc did not bend rules for the Liberal Party as they granted the extension of the SOCE submission since it’s not only LP who failed to submit on time. Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino and Aksyon Demokratiko also did not submit yet.
Instead of following rules, they based their decission on personal discretion saying that the body took into consideration the effect of non-extension as it “does not function in a vacuum.”
With the decission, Comelec really defeat the will of the people. This only benefit those politicians who are into breaking rules and not being able to do their function to the highest of their ability – since they cannot follow and comply to a very basic policy to submit their SOCE on time.