By: Elena Grace Flores
Just prior to the May 9, 2016 election, outgoing President Noynoy Aquino confirmed in a Liberal Party meeting that since Mar Roxas did not pick up in the surveys, they are dropping their support on him and channel their resources into Grace Poe’s presidential bid.
Now Liberal Party failed to comply with the SOCE submission on time. LP is one of the three political parties that failed to submit their SOCE or expenditure reports to the Comelec. As per the law, the non-compliance will jeopardize their winning candidates – and this includes Vice President-elect Leni Robredo who is already preparing to move into the Coconut Palace occupied by predecessor Jojo Binay. If Mar Roxas will not speed this up or the Comelec will retain its stand despite pressure, Leni could probably hold office in Wonderland and keeps on wonder why she’s not sitting in Coconut Palace.
The law and the resolution state that; winning candidates who failed to submit their SOCE on time won’t be able to assume office; Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said. However,there’s no decission yet if the 14 days extension requested by the party involved will be granted or not by the Comelec since the law clearly said otherwise – and their tolerating the request can surely cause outrage by the majority of Filipino people who are already fedup with Comelec’s connivance with the outgoing ruling party.