By: Elena Grace Flores
Commissioner Christian Robert Lim, Comelec’s Campaign Finance Office head, submitted a memorandum containing his recommendation to reject LP and Roxas’ request for late filing of SOCE.
Lim’s action is strongly based on legal proceedings; “Republic Act 7166 clearly states that submission of SOCE should be made within 30 days after the elections. The Omnibus Rules on Campaign Finance that the June 8 deadline is “final and non-extendible.””
The seven-member Comelec en banc will be voting on the submitted recommendation on Thursday. Republic Act 7166 states that winning candidates cannot take their posts if their party failed to file their SOCE. Therefore elected members like Vice President-elect Leni Robredo won’t be able to assume the Vice Presidential office if the law prevails and not corrupted by the majority voters at Comelec.